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Son tortured, claims Iran leader’s wife

world Updated: Feb 15, 2010 00:36 IST

Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi’s wife has pleaded with Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to take action against those who had “tortured” her son and several other detained protesters.

In an open letter, Fatemeh Karroubi, described to Khamenei what happened to her son Ali after his arrest last Thursday, the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

“The arrest of Ali was a triumph for this group who tortured him in order to intimidate other detainees,” she said in the letter published on Sunday on her husband’s website,

The website also published a picture of Ali with bruised back and hand.

She called on Khamenei to “take care of the situation of unknown children of this country, especially the young people arrested recently.”

Iranian opposition leaders Mohammad Khatami and Karroubi also came under attack and their supporters clashed with police as vast crowds massed in Tehran on Thursday to mark the revolution anniversary.