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    In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

    Iran Supreme Leader Calls for 'Swift, Just' Legal Action to Face 'Economic War'

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    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made a statement in response to the national judiciary chief's stance on financial crimes and corruption in Iran.

    "The current special economic conditions are considered an economic war," judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said in a letter to Khamenei, calling for the creation of special courts to tackle financial crimes, state television reported.

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    Khamenei responded by saying that the courts should aim to punish those guilty of corruption "quickly and fairly."

    The statements came amid public protests against high costs of living in the country and alleged corrupt financial practices.

    The combination of financial hardship and an apparent political crisis have sparked sporadic anti-corruption demonstrations across the nation, according to Reuters.

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