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Election demonstrators tortured, admits Iran

world Updated: Aug 10, 2009 23:54 IST
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Iran’s police chief admitted that protesters who were arrested after June’s disputed presidential election had been tortured while in custody in a prison in south-west Tehran. But he denied that any of the detainees had died as a result.

General Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam said the head of the Kahrizak detention centre had been dismissed and jailed. “Three policemen who beat detainees have been jailed as well,” the IRNA news agency quoted Moghaddam as saying.

‘Protesters raped’

Iranian opposition leader and defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi claimed women and boys detained over poll protests have been brutally raped in custody.