Ali Bagheri, the Secretary of the Iranian Judiciary's Human Rights Council, said in a May 22, 2020 interview on Channel 5 (Iran) that he once invited a visiting Arab official to see Iran’s technological progress at a laser exhibition and that the Arab official had become very serious and responded: "The Arab countries have also progressed... Saudi Arabia won first place in a camel racing tournament." Mocking the Arab official, Bagheri said that Iran's progress in nuclear sciences and in fields such as nuclear technology, missiles, and conventional weapons are of a global scale. In addition, he mocked the U.S. prison system.
Ali Bagheri: "I remember when a senior Arab official came to Iran. We told him that since he was already in Iran for two days, he should visit the laser exhibition and see Iran's progress. This Arab official suddenly became very serious and said: 'Don't think that you are the only ones who have progressed. The Arab countries have also progressed.' Everybody was shocked that he assumed this disposition. He said: 'Just last month, Saudi Arabia won first place in a camel racing tournament in the UAE.' Mr. Ranjabaran, I'm saying that we have advanced on a global scale. Our progress in the fields of nanotechnology, missiles, and conventional weapons, and in many aspects of nuclear [science] - this progress is on the cutting edge of science, technology, and global industry.
"Compare the prisons in Iran to those in America. Many American prisons are private, and are controlled by the private sector. The owners of these prisons bribe the police and the justice system so they arrest young criminals."
Bagheri: "They cut deals with the judges to give them relatively heavy sentences. Why do they do this? To turn them into labor force, so the [owners] can profit more."