Iran: Judiciary admits killing of oppositionists


Published in “Der Standard” (Austria) on December 19 2009

Following the presidential elections, at least three oppositionists were beaten to death in prison.

Tehran – For the first time, the Iranian judiciary admitted that after the disputed presidential election in June three opposition supporters were beaten to death in detention. Twelve officers of the Kahrizak detention center, which has meanwhile been closed down, were accused of premeditated murder, it says in a statement that was released in Tehran on Saturday.

Until now, Iranian authorities had been dismissing allegations that oppositional detainees had been mistreated. During the unrests that followed the disputed re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 30 people died, according to official announcements. The opposition, however, speaks of at least 72 deaths, and has denounced cases of mistreatment, such as torture and rape of detainees. (APA)


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