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Iran: No details as detainee probe panel loses member

Report Source: Press TV

Amid speculations about the fate of a special committee probing the fate of Iranian detainees, the panel's spokesman takes a step to remove ambiguities about his decision to resign.

Many of the detainees have been held in Tehran's Evin prison

Rapporteur of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazem Jalali, who headed a newly-established committee tasked with probing into the death and detention of those arrested in the post-election frenzy, confirmed reports of his resignation on Tuesday.

Media reports earlier claimed that the official's resignation was due to obstacles in the way of the probe committee's efforts to investigate the situation in Iranian prisons.

Jalali, however, in a statement issued on Tuesday, dismissed the reports, arguing that such speculations were part of a psychological warfare against the Islamic Republic.

"I hereby dismiss certain media analysis about my resignation," Jalali said, adding that the issue was not intended to leak to the media.

The Majlis official, however, fell short of providing an explanation for his resignation.

Jalali confirmed his resignation as earlier on Monday Head of the Majlis National Security Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi who is also a member of the probe panel rejected the report of the spokesman leaving the board as baseless.

Jalali, in his Tuesday statement, went further to explain about the measures conducted by the 10-member committee saying the panel visited the 209 section of the Evin prison.

He asserted that the detainees who were held in section 209 -- the part of the prison under complete supervision of the Intelligence Ministry and not the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps -- were not mistreated, tortured or abused in any way, shape or form.

The Iranian parliamentarian dismissed media reports of harsh conditions in the detention center, adding that the prisoners were only upset about their prolonged stay in prison without a definite idea as to what would happen to them.

Jalali had earlier said "it is only natural for prisoners to feel ill at ease. After all, it's a prison, not a hostel."

Iran building 'standard' prison in Kahrizak

Iran is building a new "standard" detention center to compensate for the notorious Kahrizak prison, which was ordered shut by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Iranian Police chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam announced that the new prison would become operational within the next month.

The police chief said only thugs and dangerous culprits were held in Kahrizak prison.

Kahrizak was declared as a 'non-standard prison' last week after grim revelations about the state of detention of the inmates.

Consequently, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, ordered the immediate closure of the detention facility.

"In the course of recent events, the Leader has ordered officials (to take measures), so that no one, God forbid, suffers injustice," Saeed Jalili, the head of Iran's National Security Council, said in a statement on July 27.

The Leader also called for a probe into the complaints of those who say they were subjected to harsh interrogation techniques during their time in Kahrizak.

Ahmadi-Moqaddam acknowledged that Kahrizak lacked the humane standards of confinement, but dismissed unconfirmed reports of torture and prisoner abuse in the center.

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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".

He added that all the detainees in the prison had been transferred to Evin Detention Center in northern Tehran.

On the ongoing street protests against the official outcome of the June 12 presidential election, the Iranian police chief said the demonstrations are organized by anti-Iran groups, including the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO).

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