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Iran: Death of Kahrizak Detention Center Physician Under Investigation

Report Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian judiciary officials announced that the death of Ramin Pourandarjani, the acting physician at the infamous Kahrizak detention centre where a number of post-election detainees were killed and tortured, is under investigation.

Ramin Pourandarjani

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Mowjcamp's web site

The announcement released last night says: "Preliminary investigations of Pourandarjani's death and results of his autopsy have ruled out poisoning."

Norooz, website of the reformist group Islamic Participation Front, reported the death of Ramin Pourandarjani in his retreat at the medical building of the Security Forces of Tehran. Norooz reported that the officials had announced the cause of death as "heart failure during sleep."

Ramin Pourandarjani

Norooz claims that this doctor had examined several detainees at Kahrizak detention centre including Mohsen Ruholamini who soon after died.

Mowjcamp, Mir Hosein Mousavi's website reports today that before his death, Dr. Pourandarjani "had revealed the details of Ruholamini's death and other crimes at Kahrizak in the special parliamentary committee probing the post-election violations against detainees and victims."

Mowjcamp maintained "For this reason, had he stayed alive it would have meant that all the perpetrators of the atrocious crimes of Kahrizak would have been identified."

Funeral of Ramin Pourandarjani

Mowjcamp also claims that it was informed by reliable sources in the parliament that details of Mohsen Ruholamini's death were revealed by the deceased doctor for the special committee. Reportedly the doctor had also told them; "I was threatened by Kahrizak officials that if I revealed the cause of the injuries of Kahrizak detainees, they would end my life."

In the post-election unrest many reports of "murder, torture and sexual abuse" surfaced from Kahrizak detention centre.

Who wanted Ramin Pourandarjani dead?

The judiciary announced the resignation of a judge connected with the Kahrizak events today, ISNA reports. The judge has not been identified however. Some media outlets have connected Saeed Mortazavi, former prosecutor of Tehran with the Kahrizak violations.

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