AYATOLLAH SADEQ KHALKHALI, JUDGE AT THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY TRIBUNAL, ON THE DEFENDANT'S RIGHT TO COUNSEL
May 13, 1979
"The revolutionary courts were born out of the anger of the Iranian people and these people will not accept any principles outside of Islamic principles. There is no room in revolutionary courts for defense lawyers because they keep quoting laws to play for time, and this tries the patience of the people. All those convicted by revolutionary courts had committed torture or stifled freedom, been involved in censorship and corruption and promoted festivals [such as] the celebration of 2,500 years of the monarchy or the Arts Festival. They have not only taken the wealth of the people but have had a hand in corruption on earth."