Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karoubi says he is
ready to present evidence to support his controversial claims that post-election
detainees were raped in Iranian prisons.
Mehdi Karoubi (file)
Karoubi's National Trust (Etemad-e
Melli) Web site said the reformist asked to meet with top officials
including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in order to present the
It said he made the meeting request in a letter to parliament speaker Ali
Karoubi, a cleric who came in fourth in the disputed June 12 presidential
election, has faced criticism from hard-liners for saying some protesters, both
male and female, were raped in jail.
Parliament speaker Larijani immediately dismissed Karoubi's claims as
Taraneh Mousavi, one of the alleged rape victims
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Earlier this week, Iran's judiciary ordered a ban on the reformist National
Trust newspaper for printing Karoubi's rape accusations.
Karoubi said women and young boys suffered severe physical and mental damage
from the rapes in detention centers.
Dozens of opposition supporters gathered outside the newspaper's office to rally
in support of Karoubi.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP