12 Aug 2009 00:31
Captions: (Top) These rapes took place in the Shah's prisons too... (Bottom) Of course [in my case], we were killed! Cartoon by Nik Kowsar/Roozonline
Hossein Karroubi: They rode prisoners in Kahrizak
[Deutsche Welle] August 10, 2009
Hossein Karroubi, the son of defeated Reformist candidate Mehdi Karroubi, says his father's letter to Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani was sent for the purpose of being forwarded to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Karroubi recently sent a letter to Rafsanjani in which he requested an investigation into the rape of the detainees of the country's post-election unrest. Karroubi made the letter public after the expiry of the 10-day deadline he had given Rafsanjani to reply to his letter.
In an interview with Deutshe Welle, Hossein Karroubi said his father had not disclosed the source from which he had obtained information about the sexual assault on prisoners at Kahrizak camp. "I do not know who he spoke with but my mother said my father could not sleep that night," he said.
He added, "My father wants authorities to deal with the issue if it is true and if it is not [he wants them to] defend themselves."
Following the announcement of the reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, countless Iranians -- including journalists, political activists and ordinary people on the streets -- were detained by security and Basij forces, and transferred to undisclosed locations.
Shocking revelations about prisoner abuse that precipitated the deaths of a number of detainees sparked widespread outrage in Iran.
After the confirmation that Mohsen Rouholamini, the son of a senior aide to conservative presidential candidate Mohsen Razaei, had died in the Kahrizak detention center, Iran's Supreme Leader personally ordered the closure of the facility.
Hossein Karroubi went on to say that the reason his father had written the letter to Rafsanjani was so that he could broach the topic with the Supreme Leader, given his proximity to Khamenei.
"Mr. Rafsanjani sent a reply that surprised me. He wrote that he has asked Judiciary Chief [Mahmoud Hashemi-] Shahroudi to look into the matter in his final days in office," the Reformist candidate's son told D-W. "My father could have written a letter [directly] to Mr. Shahroudi any day."
Asked if he had heard any firsthand accounts of prisoner abuse at Kahrizak, Hossein Karroubi said, "[Eyewitnesses] told me the cells were infested with insects, and also that their cells were tear-gassed."
He added, "[I was told] they [prisoners] were thrown on top of each other and sexually violated. They told me that they were not spared any abuse and were severely beaten."
"They told me that they were forced down on their hands and knees and called 'donkeys' -- and that someone would mount their backs and whip them with a thick cable to move." Read in Farsi
Tehran Police Chief: Casualty figures are lies
[Tabnak] August 11, 2009
Tehran Deputy Police Chief, Brigadier Ahmad-Reza Radan, rejected reports by a number of websites that say 69 people were killed at the Kahrizak detention center.
"We confirm the statistics released by the Tehran governor's office and the figures offered by some websites are incorrect because naturally such sites will fabricate figures. The figures released in the past few days were either wrong or fabricated."
Following the announcement of the reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, countless Iranians including journalists, political activists and ordinary people were detained by security and Basij forces, and transferred to undisclosed locations.
Shocking revelations about prisoner abuse that led to the deaths of a number of detainees sparked widespread outrage in Iran.
After it was confirmed that the son of conservative politican, Mohsen Rouholamini, had died at the Kahrizak detention center, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei ordered the closure of the facility.
Brigadier Radan himself had been accused of personally taking part in beating Kahrizak detainees. But Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam denied Radan's involvement.
"The rumors about Brigadier Radan and other responsible officials are false and such acts are inappropriate for commanders of the police force," the Iranian police chief told ILNA.
Radan went on to say that cases had been opened about Kahrizak, adding that after the conclusion of investigations the results would be made public by the police.
When asked about Mehdi Karroubi's letter to Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani demanding a probe into the sexual assault of Kahrizak detainees, Radan said, "I am not a politician; therefore only ask me about police matters."
The deputy police chief also denied reports about the death of Taraneh Mousavi, a bystander who was reportedly arrested at the gathering at Qoba mosque in Tehran.
Reports suggested that Taraneh had been repeatedly and savagely raped. Her body was later burnt to remove any trace of the abuse.
"We investigated the issue and found three 'Taraneh Mousavi's. One of them was two-year-old girl and one of the other two was the woman in question. Her family told us she had relocated to another country many years ago." Radan said. "What I mean to say is that these are false rumors and we must continue to expect other fabricated reports to surface." Read in Farsi
Mobarak Congratulates Ahmadinejad on Reelection
[Tabnak] August 10, 2009
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has congratulated Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his reelection.
According an ISNA report, Mobarak sent a congratulatory message to Ahmadinejad on his definite victory in Iran's tenth presidential elections with the majority of the vote. Read in Farsi