Fate of people arrested during demonstrations in Iran remains unknown: U.S. journalist Saberi
The United Kingdom, Washington, July 1 / Trend , N. Bogdanova/
The fate of people unhappy with results of the June 12 presidential elections who were arrested during demonstrations remains unknown, U.S. journalist of Iranian origin Roxana Saberi who was recently released from Iranian prison said.
"Actually I was disturbed and distressed at the post-election crack-down in the country," Saberi told Trend . "I am worried for those people who have been detained and I think it must be very difficult conditions. And probably some people are undergoing even physical torture."
Iranian police chief General Ismayil Mugaddam said total of 1,032 people have been arrested in Iran during the latest events in Iran. Majority of them have been released. According to official reports, 20 have been killed while unofficial reports put it at 150 people.
Saber was arrested in January 2009. Initially, it was less serious charge, "purchase of alcohol." Then Iran said that she worked in the country without permission. Later she was sentenced to eight years in prison for spying for the United States.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the June 12 presidential elections by 62.63 percent of votes. His nearest rival Mir-Hossein Mousavi won 33.75 percent of votes. Mousavi announced his victory even before the official results were published. Later he accused authorities of rigging election results. Protest actions against election results were followed by clashes.