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Iranian judges to carry guns for protection following attacks

[JURIST] From Monday Iranian judges will be allowed to carry handguns and may shoot if they feel threatened, according to an official speaking Sunday after the fourth attack on an Iranian judge [official Iran Judiciary website] in four weeks. Tehran criminal prosecutor Fakhroldin Jaffarzadeh told the Iranian Students News Agency [official website, in Arabic] that “All judges from prosecutors’ offices will carry firearms from tomorrow and, in case they feel in danger, they are licensed to shoot.” On Sunday, Judge Mohammad Reza Aghazadeh was shot outside his home [Reuters report] in the Iranian capital. In previous weeks, one judge was stabbed to death, one shot to death, and another severely wounded when acid was thrown in his face. Officials are investigating whether the deaths are related and whether an opposition group website that claimed responsibility for one of the deaths is accurate. Reuters has more.

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