Iran's judiciary chief said on Monday that he will not give in to political pressure to speed up the execution of opposition activists.
Sadeq Larijani said that some in the ruling hard-line establishment are
pushing the judiciary to step beyond the law in the crackdown on the
In December, hard-line government supporters
attending street rallies called for opposition leaders to be executed.
Two men convicted of plotting to overthrow the Islamic leadership were
Larijani said political motives should not influence investigations.
opposition accuses authorities of using last week's executions to
frighten its supporters from turning out for rallies coinciding with
the Feb. 11 anniversary of the 1979 revolution.