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Kahrizak prison chief dismissed, arrested

Source: PressTV

Iran moves to punish the prison wardens who ordered unauthorized interrogation techniques at the infamous Kahrizak detention center in southern Tehran.

Iranian Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam said Sunday that the head of the Karhrizak prison --where opposition demonstrators had been allegedly subjected to extreme measures-- has been dismissed and arrested.

He added that two of the security officials, who were found to be responsible for the widespread prisoner abuse in Kahrizak, have also been "relieved of all duties" and are awaiting trial.

Located in downtown Tehran, Kahrizak became a scene of nagging controversy after grim reports surfaced about the mysterious death of some of the inmates.

According to eyewitness accounts, Kahrizak was a 'substandard detention center' where inmates were physically abused by their wardens.

The prison was subsequently ordered shut by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Ahmadi-Moqaddam said he would not deny his share of the blame in the terrible things that took place in Kahrizak.

"I am also to blame for the things that happened in Kahrizak and I don want to shun responsibility" he said adding "This prison was built only for thugs and gangsters. Election protestors should not have been transferred there. I had made this clear right from the beginning."

Ahmadi-Moqaddam, however, asserted that none of the Kahrizak inmates died of prison misconduct. "There is indisputable evidence that proves the deceased inmates died of a deadly virus infection.

He was referring to the controversial death case of Mohammad Kamrani and Mohsen Ruholamini -- both of whom were arrested in the election frenzy and were later found dead while in detention.

The Police Chief's remarks come one day after Iranian Prosecutor General, Qorban-Ali Dorri-Najafabadi, expressed deep regret for "the sordid state of affairs" in Kahrizak.

"In some prisons, interrogation techniques went too far ...Grave mistakes were committed that can never be defended, nor justified," said Dorri-Najafabadi.

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