Iranian MPs to discuss Karrubi's statements on violence towards prisoners

Society Materials 24 August 2009 13:26 (UTC +04:00)

Members of the Iranian Parliament's Special Committee, which was established due to the events which occurred after the presidential elections, will meet with ex-presidential candidate Mehdi Karrubi.

According to the Mehr information agency, the MPs will investigate cases claimed by Karrubi, regarding cases of deaths in prisons as the result of torture and sexual violence towards people who were arrested during protests against the presidential election results. These include both civilians and political figures. 

Karrubi said that boys and girls arrested during protests were subjected to sexual violence. On August 22 "The Times" published an interview with a 15-year-old boy named Riza who had been subjected to sexual violence in prison.

In addition, one of Iran's biggest political parties, Musharikat, has also made statements about women arrested due to political belief, being obliged to spread immoral statements about themselves and their colleagues.

The Secretary General of the Iranian Supreme Advisory Council, Mohsen Rezai, spoke about sexual violence towards people arrested during protests against the presidential elections. He added that if the spread of information on these accounts of violence is confirmed, it will be necessary to announce a period of national mourning. 

According to information spread by the Mehr news agency on August 12, the Secretary General of the Iranian Supreme Advisory Council and ex-presidential candidate, Rezai, said that during a meeting the head of the Human Rights Lawyer Association, Ahmadli, submitted to him a report on the indecent behavior towards several opposition members in prison. During this meeting Rezai said that if the cases indicated in the report are proved, those responsible in the prisons must be dismissed and punished.  

Earlier, on August 10, ex-presidential candidate and the head of the National Trust Party, Mehdi Karrubi, wrote in a letter to the head of Supreme Advisory Council, Hashemi Rafsanjani, that according to information from reliable sources, sexual violence was employed towards young boys and girls, arrested during protests.  

Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, denied Karrubi's statements and called the information doubtful.

The press-secretary of the Iranian Ministry of Justice, Ali Reza Jamshidi, said that beginning in June 12, 4,000 opposition members who participated in protests against the results of the presidential elections had been arrested. Jamshidi said that about 3,700 people were released and the rest convicted.  

Mass protest began after the presidential elections in Tehran on June 12. According to official information from the Iranian government, 30 people became victims of the violence and hundreds wounded.

Candidate reformers Mehdi Karrubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi are making statements on the falsifications committed during elections and are calling for a re-election.