"Level Minus Four" Detention Center
30 Jul 2009 04:04
One month after its revelation, an Iranian lawmaker has confirmed the existence of an underground detention center in the Iranian Intelligence Ministry.
Kazem Jalali, the spokesman for the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, is also a spokesman for a parliament committee investigating prisoner conditions. Jalili told reporters that the committee was investigating information it had received about the notorious "level minus four" detention center.
Following the release of a number of students arrested in an attack on the Tehran University dormitory, reports surfaced that the students had been transferred to an unknown [mysterious] location where they were assaulted, tortured and deprived of food and water.
Upon their release, the students said they believed they had been taken to an underground detention center in the Intelligence Ministry.
Jalali said that the committee had met with 200 of the detainees of the post-vote unrest. However, the committee's request to meet with 50 other prisoners who are either political figures or journalists, has been denied.
Jalali said lawmakers are ready to hear any complaints about prisoner abuse.
"Any mistreatment of detainees will be severely dealt with," he said.