Allegations of rape in Iranian prisoners

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    Iranian MP claims sexual abuse of protesters has been proved | World news | guardian.co.uk

    An Iranian MP said today there is proof that some reformists were sexually abused in prison after the disputed presidential election in June.

    "Raping of some detainees through baton and soda bottle has been proved to us," the unnamed member of the investigative committee was quoted as saying.

    His comments are the first official acknowledgment that prisoners were violated. Until now, Iran's leaders had dismissed such opposition claims as mischief-making.

    One of the defeated reformist presidential candidates, Mehdi Karroubi, has alleged that some of those arrested after mass demonstrations were raped.

    Yesterday Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, rebuked opposition leaders for calling attention to alleged abuses of detainees.

    Without directly naming anyone, Khamenei criticised them for highlighting claims of mistreatment in Kahrizak prison, one of the sites where protesters have been held. "Some ignore defacing of the system while highlighting the issue of Kahrizak," he was quoted as saying by the state Islamic Republic News Agency. "This way of thinking is an open unfairness."

    Earlier this month, Iran's police chief admitted that protesters who were arrested after the election had been tortured while in custody in Kahrizak, south-west Tehran. But General Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam denied that any of the detainees had died as a result and said the head of the detention centre had been dismissed and jailed.

    The allegations of prison mistreatment have been a lightning rod for criticism of the regime, with senior Iranian political figures calling for a full investigation.

    The latest comments from one of the MPs on the investigating committee are likely to intensify the pressure on the regime as it confronts the gravest threat to its authority since the 1979 revolution that toppled the Shah.

    In another sign of the confusion within ruling circles, Khamenei expressed doubt over claims by conservative hardliners that opposition leaders were backed by the west, in direct contradiction to charges set out during recent mass trials.
     
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    I wonder if it was glass or plastic soda bottles... that could make a world of difference to reformist butts
     
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    Tehran Prosecutor seals shut Karroubi’s office – Tehran Bureau

    Officers holding a warrant from the Tehran Prosecutors’ Office raided opposition cleric Mehdi Karroubi’s office today, seizing all CDs, documents and computers there.

    The raid took place at approximately 3 p.m. in the afternoon at Karroubi’s office in Jamshidiyeh.

    “They rummaged through the office and took with them all the CDs, computers, documents and videos,” said the National Confidence Party Spoksman Esmail Gerami.

    “They escorted the people who had come to meet Mr. Karroubi, along with the Secretary-General, out of the office,” he added.

    Gerami also announced that the editor-in-chief of the Etemad-e Melli website had been taken into custody.

    Earlier in the week, Karroubi released a statement in which he criticized the three-member committee appointed by Judiciary Chief Sadeq Larijani for claiming that he had not offered any proof for his allegations in his meeting with them.

    Karroubi said at the time that he was in possession of CD and film testimonials as well as other documents proving jail rapes had taken place. He said he would not hesitate to go public with this information if the Judiciary committee failed to maintain its impartiality.
     

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