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Iran: Rezaii urges trial of officers violating rules in post-election unrest

TEHRAN, Aug. 2 (Mehr News Agency) - The Expediency Council Secretary, Mohsen Rezaii, called on Sunday for the prosecution of police officers and other persons who violated regulations in dealing with protesters and detainees following the post-election incidents.

"Two groups caused the recent incidents which inflicted serious damage to the people and the Islamic establishment; rioters were among the first group," and the second group included police officers who violated regulations and certain persons who made decisions on their own, Rezaii stated in a letter to Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi.

Rezaii wrote the letter a day after the first court trial of detainees in post-election unrest was held.

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University student Mohsen Ruholamini
One of several protesters, known to date, who died while in custody

Mohsen Ruholamini, whose father was a senior advisor to conservative politician Mohsen Rezai, was reportedly arrested during a July 9 protest against Ahmadinejad. His family was informed on July 21st that he had died.

A letter, written by Hossein Alaei the former head of Guard Corps Joint Staff, was published on some reformist websites. In this letter, it has been stressed that "Mohsen Ruholamini was killed under torture." Hossein Alaei quotes Mohsen's father that "At forensic medical center it was determined that my child has been severely beaten and injured after he was arrested. When I saw his body I found out that they had smashed his mouth. The location of his death was erased in his medical document. It was determined that he was not given any blood after being injured until his blood was infected, then he had an intense fever of above 40 C following which he was affected with meningitis. They transferred him as an incognito to Tajrish Shohada Hospital and delivered his body to the [hospital] freezer the next day".

Rezaii, a contender in the June presidential election, stated that the court mostly deals with the rioters' cases and therefore a second court should be held simultaneously to try the second group of violators, otherwise justice is not administered and peace may not be restored in the society.

Rezaii also said the second court should also put on trial persons who attacked students at the Tehran University dormitory and Isfahan University classes, and elements that used violence against people protesting peacefully about the result of the June 12 election.

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