The father of a detainee beaten to death in an Iranian prison says he’s satisfied with the way the Islamic government has handled the case — even as it serves as proof imprisoned protesters were abused. A coroner’s report showed Mohsen Rouhol-Amini, arrested for protesting the June 12 election, died of “repeated blows and severe physical injuries” at Tehran’s Kahrizak prison, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported Monday, citing an informed source. Officials initially had said Rouhol-Amini had died from illness
They have dismissed him, attempted to silence him and threatened him with arrest. But Iran’s Islamic hardliners so far have failed to stifle opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi’s claims that post-election detainees have been abused — some even raped — behind bars
Iran’s influential parliament speaker dismissed allegations that post-election detainees were raped while in custody, calling the claims by an opposition leader "sheer lies," state-run media reported Wednesday. Ali Larijani said that a special panel of Iran’s parliament, or Majlis, conducted a “precise and comprehensive inquiry” into the treatment at Tehran’s Evin and Kahrizak prisons, and found “no cases of rape or sexual abuse,” Press TV reported
Iranians worried about their loved ones detained in the protests that followed the presidential election got the ear of a former president, who wants the detainees released, an Iranian reformist party newspaper reported on Thursday. Former reformist President Mohammad Khatami met with families of some of the people detained and said that if the courts uphold the civil rights of the detainees, the court would order them freed, reported presidential candidate Mehdi Karrubi’s party newspaper. Spouses of detainees told Khatami they wanted their spouses released and that they worried about their physical and mental health, the paper reported.