More Than 20% Of The Population In Legal Trouble
Mr. Ejei, the judiciary spokesman told Iranian TV that the Iranian courts have 16 million open cases. His comments focused on the backlog of cases (1). The follow up report by Ettelaat did not address why should more than 20% of the population have court cases against them.
The 16 million number does not include the unknown number of closed cases of prosecutions of Iranians since the 2008 elections.
Mr. Ejei did not mention "political prisoners", that of course is a state secret, but the numbers speak for themselves--16 million prosecution cases in a country of 78 million(2).
Even if Mr. Ejei is right in saying that all these cases are criminals, then 20% of Iranians are turning to crime (that number does not include those not under investigation), that should also give people pause.
It will be interesting to see how the cyber Basij will justify these numbers, aside from getting angry and attacking the messenger.