Monday, December 29, 2008

Interior Minister given power over law enforcement

From PressTV:

Commander-in-Chief of Iran's Armed Forces has placed the country's Law Enforcement Agency under the interior minister's supervision.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, agreed on Monday to a request by Iran's Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli to transfer all responsibilities of the country's law enforcement organization to the newly-appointed minister.

"I grant you the position of deputy to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and will shortly communicate your official duties to you," Ayatollah Khamenei said in a letter to Mahsouli on Monday.

The Iranian interior minister had earlier made a request to the Leader asking for executive powers in the country's Law Enforcement Agency.

In his letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, Mahsouli argued that for the Interior Ministry to be able to fully ensure law and order in the country, the Law Enforcement Agency should be under his authority.

The new appointment comes as Iran has recently launched a campaign to crackdown on saboteurs targeting the country's moral values.

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