In Iran, Leader says law must be implemented

aghakhamenei-300x202 Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Saturday the Iranian nation must avoid taking extrajudicial measures so as not to obstruct the path of justice. Ayatollah Khamenei warned that at a time when sedition prevails, action becomes more difficult and determining the truth becomes harder. The Leader went on to describe how the enemies of the first Shia Imam,  Ali (PBUH) had sowed the seeds of sedition during the seventh century battle of Seffein. “In those difficult times and unclear conditions, Ammar ibn Yasir, who was one of Imam Ali’s closest, purest and most reliable companions, shed light on the situation for those who were hesitant.” “He explained that there was no difference between those who stood against the Prophet of Islam and the enemies of Imam Ali (PBUH), other than the fact that those who opposed Imam Ali (PBUH) claimed to be the guardians of Islam, the Quran and the Prophet.” Ayatollah Khamenei said since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and throughout the life of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, oppressive powers, backward people with links to the global arrogance, and deviant individuals within the country were all members of the same group. “That is how it is today. What has been the position of the US, British and Israeli media outlets since before the election? Where do anti-religious fronts such as the communists, pro-monarchy groups and other opponents of the revolution and Imam [Khomeini] stand?” Ayatollah Khamenei asked. “Do they all not fit in the same group of people who oppose the Islamic establishment? It is clear that the main fronts have not changed. This is an important factor.” The Leader of the Islamic Revolution then praised the Iranian people, particularly the younger generation, for their understanding and religious fervor. Ayatollah Khamenei said that Iranian youth, who are passionate about their religion, sometimes exercise patience, “as they should”, but when the time comes for action they are ready and on the scene. “It is natural for the young members of the voluntary Basij force to be angry and hurt about how a small group violated the sanctity of Ashura and [insulted] Imam Hussein (PBUH),” said the Leader. “This insult broke everyone’s heart, but we must all be careful not to fuel the enemy sedition by going to far.” The Leader made the remarks in reference to the riots on Ashura during which protesters damaged public property and clashed with security forces. In response to the unrest, millions of Iranians took to the streets on December 30, condemning the desecration of the Ashura mourning ceremonies and expressing their anger toward the foreign-backed plot to provoke unrest in the country. The Leader laid praise on the move and said no government in the world can call forth such an “enormous, national mobilization” in two days and bring tens of millions of people to the streets. Ayatollah Khamenei warned that the enemy was drawing up an “intricate” plot for a “dangerous game.” “In these unclear conditions, we must act with vigilance and open eyes. However, when the conditions require, we must also show firmness. This way we can stop the enemy in its tracks,” the Leader explained. Ayatollah Khamenei then asked all responsible bodies of the Islamic Republic to precisely implement the articles of the law in a “full and firm” fashion. The Leader said that “those who have no responsibility or legal duty” must not interfere in that process. “Some innocent people, who hate these villains, may seriously be hurt. Therefore, everyone must refrain from taking any action on their own. Everything must be done according to the law.”

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