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Iran: Suspicious Death of the Notorious Kahrizak Detention Center's Physician

Report Source: Radio Zamaneh

Dr. Ramin Pourandarjani

Reformist news outlets report that Ramin Pourandarjani, "physician of Iran's Kahrizak detention centre" died last Tuesday. Norooz website reports that the 26-year-old physician died in his room at the medical building of Tehran's Security Forces. Reportedly, officials announced the cause of death to be "heart failure while sleeping."

According to Norooz, Dr. Pourandarjani had examined some of the victims of Kahrizak detention centre such as Mohsen Ruholamini whom he had examined prior to his death.

Norooz also claims that a week after Ruholamini's death, this physician was taken into custody until he made the announcement that cause of Ruholamini's death was meningitis.

The report goes on to state that following the announcement, Pourandarjani was released on bail and after that, was called for questioning several times by officials of Security and Armed Forces.

Norooz also claims that Pourandarjani "had discussed the issues concerning Kahrizak with a few close friends and expressed concern about his own safety."

Funeral announcement of Dr. Pourandarjani

Tagheer website, news outlet for Mehdi Karroubi's Etemad-e Melli Party also confirmed the death of the young physician posing the possibility of "suicide." Tagheer claims that officials had accused Ramin Pourandarjani of "medical negligence."

Mowjcamp website also announced that the funeral of Ramin Pourandarjani was held today, Sunday, under strict security measures.

Kahrizak detention centre under the supervision of Tehran police was used to keep several post-election detainees during the early days of the protests against the alleged fraudulent re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Numerous reports of "murder, torture and rape" of these detainees resulted in such widespread outrage that the supreme leader himself called for the shut down of the centre citing "sub-standard conditions" as the cause of the closure.

A view of the outside of Kahrizak

The government has tried hard to explain away the unsavory reports surfacing from Kahrizak. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called the whole affair an "enemy plot" against the Islamic Republic. The police force claims that the violations were done arbitrarily by a few officials which have been fired and remanded to custody.

The fact-finding committee of the parliament in charge of investigating the violations against post-election detainees has not been even allowed to visit Kahrizak detention centre.

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