Iranian Judiciary’s Spokesperson Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei says the country’s most notorious judge, former Tehran prosecutor and Press Court Judge Saeed Mortazavi, has vanished into thin air before going to jail as “accomplice in murder.”

President Hassan Rouhani’s media adviser Hesamoddin Ashna warned on April 13 that Mortazavi might flee in order to evade justice.

Meanwhile, social media users commenting on the development have questioned the Judiciary’s authority and the regime’s integrity.

Mortazavi was sentenced to jail for two years after an unusually long judicial process that took nearly nine years to be finalized.

Although Mortazavi was accused of breaking the law in several cases, including the murder in jail of Canadian-Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi in 2003 and harassment of scores of journalists for more than two decades, he was only condemned as an accomplice in murdering three young men in a detention camp south of Tehran in the aftermaths of the unrest that followed the disputed presidential election in 2009.

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