Iran tortured demonstrators

Head of Kahrizak detention centre fired and jailed


Iran’s police chief, General Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, has admitted that police tortured protesters arrested during demonstrations over the country’s disputed June election. But he denied claims that three of the prisoners died as a result of injuries sustained during their interrogations, saying they were killed by an unspecified “viral illness.” Kahrizak detention centre, where the tortured demonstrators were held, was shut down last month by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The former head of the prison and three policemen accused of beating detainees have also been jailed. Moggadam’s confession will bring increased pressure to Iran’s governing regime, which has been criticized for its heavy-handed response to June’s protests and what many citizens are calling the “show trial” of 100 demonstrators. The proceedings have also been condemned by the British and French governments.

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Iran tortured demonstrators

  1. Toronto Star? We're waiting.

  2. "The proceedings have also been condemned by the British and French governments."

    But not, let it be noted, by the US or Canadian governments. That's because Obama is so unbelievably wise that he won't endanger the wonderfully friendly relations the US currently has with Ahmadinejad's regime, and Harper is so political that he won't put some space between himself and Obama's cowardice.

    What a disgrace.

    • Maybe it's actually because he doesn't want to give the religious establishment in Iran the opportunity to continue their rhetoric that those protesting are pawns of Western hands as they paint people upset with the election results traitors and beat them in the streets. How disgraceful!

      • Well it's a good thing he didn't give them that opportunity then. Thank goodness none of that sort of rhetoric or beating in the streets is going on. (??)

        • The government of Iran would be even more emboldened by harsh criticism from Obama because it would help their propaganda war against reformers, with the government using that to paint protesters as foreign pawns. Iranians have always rallied behind their gov't against the U.S. when they felt threatened and they would again. U.S. interference would silence the protest movement. Right now, the trials are being vocally condemned even by conservatives and that would not be the case if Obama were involving himself in matters. The history of Iran since the revolution has been blame the West, and it's worked because the West fell into it. Good on Obama for not playing the game the way the Iranian gov't wants.