Born: 1953 Hometown: Yazd
Position: Prosecutor-General of Tehran
Replaced Saeed Mortazavi as Prosecutor-General of Tehran in September 2009.
Subject to US Sanctions for involvement in "serious human rights abuses in Iran since the June 2009 disputed presidential election.
Feb 6th 2010 - Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, speaking after the trial
"As the questions had to be translated by a translator, the defendants took notes and then the translator read their responses to the court, This process was too time-consuming."
"As the court concluded that more questions had to be asked from the defendants and considered that presence of Ms. Shourd was necessary, today's session was ended at 3pm and it will be held again.
"The session was very good and the words of the defendants were listened. The defense lawyer handed in to the court two bills in the form of a 20-page defense for each defendant that have been attached to the file. In the next session other questions and explanations will be addressed"
"In our report we explained that according to their way of arrest, location, stuff they had with themselves, activities and interrogations, Tehran Prosecutor Office had compelling evidence to issue the indictment."
Sept 14th 2010 - Speaking after release of Sarah Shourd
"They must await their trial in the Revolution Court and therefore there is no talk of granting release to the two Americans for now"
"The detention of the other two has been extended. They both have the right to appeal.”
“Their cased will be referred to the Revolution Court, which is in charge of handling espionage cases."
"Based on the reports by her lawyer, our investigators and evidence provided by the government… we decided to take the detainee's health situation (Sarah Shourd) into consideration and grant her bail."