TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Iran’s influential parliament speaker has called for an investigation into allegations that post-election detainees were raped while in custody, state-run media said.
Ali Larijani said that a special parliamentary panel «had carried out investigations into the situation in [Iranian] jails and the treatment of detainees and it should also look into whether jail rape allegations are true or false,» Press TV reported, citing Tabnak, a Web site associated with opposition politician Mohsen Rezaie. Meanwhile, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry, the government body that keeps tabs on political dissenters, warned the media against revealing what it called «classified data» after reports Monday that Ahmadinejad had purged four senior intelligence officials, according to Press TV. The ministry said in a statement that publishing «false news» could result in exposing vital «documents, identities of personnel, internal structure» — pertaining to the Intelligence Ministry, Press TV reported.
By Middle East correspondent Anne Barker
Posted Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:24am AEST
One of Iran’s main opposition leaders has called for an investigation into allegations that women and boys arrested during the recent protests were raped in custody. Mehdi Karroubi was one of the two main opposition candidates defeated in the June presidential poll. Thousands of people protested against the result in the weeks after the election, and hundreds were arrested and detained. Now Mr Karroubi alleges women and boys were savagely raped in detention, and that many are suffering from depression and serious physical and mental damage. In a letter to the pro-reform ex-president Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, he has urged the matter be taken up with Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Some protesters have died in custody, but authorities claim they died of disease.
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