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Iran’s Ali Khamenei urges judiciary to fight corruption

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Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday called on judicial authorities to fight corruption in the country, a statement on his website said.

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“The issue of fighting corruption should be taken seriously; there is corruption,” Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in major state policies, said during a meeting with judicial officials.

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Iran is among the most corrupt countries in the world, ranking 150th out of 180 in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2021.

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“In the judiciary, in the executive branch or elsewhere, there are some structures that naturally create corruption; those structures have to be broken down,” Khamenei said.

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In September 2020, Iran condemned former top judiciary official Akbar Tabari to 31 years in prison for corruption, one of the heaviest sentences against a former official in the Islamic republic.

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Iran has been mired in economic crisis since 2018 when the United States under then president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from a nuclear deal and began imposing sweeping sanctions on America’s arch foe.

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Last month, demonstrations against the rising cost of living and corruption were held in several Iranian cities.

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