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Opposition Leader Karroubi Presses Iran's Judiciary About "Rape Victims"

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Mehdi Karroubi, the disputing candidate of Iran's June presidential election, called on Iran's Prosecutor General to reveal the fate of two "rape victims" in Iranian prisons.

Mehdi Karroubi

In an interview with Tagheer website, Mehdi Karroubi urged Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejei to explain what has become of "the female rape victim" that he had referred to the judiciary probe committee, investigating charges of "rape and torture" of post-election detainees in Iranian prisons.

Last week Mr. Ejei once more claimed that Mr. Karroubi's charges of rape in Iranian prisons are "baseless."

Mr. Karroubi went so far as saying: "What happened to this lady? Is she dead or alive?" He urged the Prosecutor General to reveal the whereabouts and condition of "this victim."

The opposition leader also claimed that he had referred another "rape victim" to the judiciary committee, a woman who was "traumatized" by the "rape" and had told him that if her family found out about the incident, she would "commit suicide." Mr. Karroubi claims that he had referred this individual to the committee urging for a discreet investigation so that "her situation would not deteriorate."

Iran's Prosecutor General refuted the charge of "rape of detainees" in prisons whilst Human Rights Watch has already announced that they have evidence from three post-election detainees that were subjected to sexual assault in Iranian prisons.

Mehdi Karroubi was the first politician to speak out against the rape of male and female detainees in the post-election events in a letter to Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of the Expediency Council.

The judiciary committee that was soon after established to look into the allegations very quickly wrapped up the cases and announced that Mr. Karroubi had been fabricating evidence and recommended that charges be brought against him for falsifying evidence.

Whilst no charges have been filed against him, Mehdi Karroubi remains defiant on the matter insisting that the establishment is trying to sweep the matter under the carpet.

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