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Tehran Prosecutor: Kahrizak physician died from "drug poisoning"

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Tehran Prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced today that investigation into the death of Ramin Pourandarjani, physician at Kahrizak Detention Centre where allegedly post-election detainees were tortured and killed, so far has revealed that he died from "drug poisoning."

The late Dr. Ramin Pourandarjani


Suspicions over 'heart attack' death of Iranian doctor who knew too much
TIMES Online - Ramin Pourandarjani was a brilliant medical student with a promising future, until he was found dead in a dormitory at Tehran police headquarters last week. He is now the new cause célèbre of the Iranian Opposition, with MPs and Western organisations demanding an investigation into the death of a man who knew too much.

The official cause of death for the physician is heart attack but there is evidence that regime officials drove him to suicide or murdered him because he witnessed the brutality used against opposition detainees after the disputed election in June.

Dr Pourandarjani, 26, attended a school for gifted children, graduated with distinction from the University of Tabriz and was doing his two-year national service at the Kahrizak detention centre in Tehran during the June protests.

In the sidelines of a judiciary ceremony, Mr. Dowlatabadi told reporters: "Certain pills were found beside his (Pourandarjani's) salad, which to this point indicate that death was caused by drug poisoning."

Earlier announcement from Iranian authorities maintained that Pourandarjani had died from "heart failure during sleep."

ILNA reports that the Prosecutor announced that investigations concerning the death in still in progress and the restaurant delivery person who served his food that day has been called in for questioning.

Ramin Pouandarjani was a physician who was serving his obligatory military service duty. As a part of his duties, he visited Kahrizak, a detention centre which became notorious in the post-election events when reports of election detainees being tortured and raped reached the public.

The centre was closed down by the order of the Supreme Leader in the heat of the protests when one of the detainees, Mohsen Ruholamini died from injuries sustained while in custody. Reportedly Ramin Pourandarjani had examined Ruholamini a short while prior to his death.

Chief of police had announced that Pourandarjani had been sentenced to five years in prison for "negligence of his medical duties."

Ramin Pourandarjani's funeral

Reformist websites also maintain that Pourandarjani had informed his family and friends that his life was in danger. Mowjcamp even reports that Pourandarjani had informed the Parliamentary Probe Committee about the alleged tortures and deaths in Kahrizak. The Committee denies receiving such a report from Pourandarjani.

Iranian Police claim the violations committed by officials at Kahrizak were done arbitrarily and the perpetrators have been fired and remanded to custody for prosecution.

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