Iran’s judiciary chief refuses to speed executions

Iran’s judiciary chief said Monday he will not give in to political pressure to speed up the execution of opposition activists: Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani said some in Iran’s ruling hard-line establishment are pushing the judiciary to step beyond the law in the crackdown on Iran’s defiant opposition, even as a powerful extremist cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, on Friday called for the execution of more opposition activists, saying street protests would not have lasted until now if protesters had been executed early on.