Source: Agence France Presse
Agence France Presse: TEHRAN, July
14 (AFP) - A revolutionary court judge and several civil servants
were indicted in a closed courtroom on charges of molesting
teenage girls, the reformist daily Seday-e-Edalat, reported
The daily gave no further
information on the session's date or the nature of the verdict.
Kazem Montazeri-Moghadam, who
presides over the revolutionary court in Karaj, 40 kilometres (25
miles) west of Tehran, has been on trial since February along with
seven or eight other unidentified officials, the press said.
Iranian law calls for the death
penalty in crimes of sexual abuse.
The case centers around the abuse
of girls staying at a group home for troubled youth in Karaj.
The official IRNA agency said press
had also reported that the unseated judge of the court was
arrested in connection with a prostitution ring involving
The home, called the Center of
Islamic Orientation, was created four years ago, without
government approval, to house dozens of girls between the ages of
12 and 18 who had run away from home or had troubles with law.
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