Iran judiciary vetoes Ahmadinejad prison visit again

By REUTERS
October 24, 2012 20:59

 
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DUBAI - Iran's judicial authorities have again denied a request by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Evin prison where his top media adviser is serving time, Iranian media reported on Wednesday, in another sign the president's power is on the wane.

Ahmadinejad's request was seen as linked to the detention of his press adviser Ali Akbar Javanfekr who was jailed for six months in September for publishing an article deemed offensive to public decency.

The judiciary turned down his first request to visit on Sunday, saying it was not in Iran's best interests for him to spend time on such a visit at a time when the country is facing an economic crisis. Ahmadinejad replied accusing the judiciary of unconstitutional conduct.

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