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Iranian President instructs Interior Minister to follow up Pakdasht serial killers case closely

Tehran, Sept 21, IRNA -- President Mohammad Khatami ordered Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari on Monday evening to follow up, on his behalf, the case involving two serial killers who savagely abused and then killed nearly 30 people, mostly children, in southeastern Tehran.

In a letter to the minister, President Khatami ordered Lari to set up a committee and visit the families of the victims living in Pakdasht, a village 15 km southeast of the capital, and to report on their findings.

"This shocking brutality pains the heart of any human being and causes concerns over the state of security in society," said the president.

He urged all judicial, security and law enforcement bodies to coordinate in their investigations into the case and ensure the crime is not repeated in the future.

President Khatami also called on the concerned officials to make sure the appropriate punishment is meted on the two criminals who during March to early September, kidnapped the victims from their homes or places where they had been playing and then mercilessly killed them after savagely abusing the victims.

Narrating details of how they committed the crimes, the two, who are currently under police arrest, expressed no remorse and admitted to the commission of the crimes in a relaxed manner.

The main suspect, known only by the name Bijeh, who had previously served a jail sentence for theft, has said that he was delighted when he saw the blood of his victims oozing from their bodies after he struck them with a hard object on their faces or heads or strangled them to death.

... Payvand News - 9/21/04 ... --

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