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Tehran Province puts an end to probe of recent violence

Report by Radio Zamaneh; file Photos from Tehran City Council meeting by Hamed Saber

Political administration of Tehran Province has ordered Tehran City Council to stop their meetings with families of the people who were injured or imprisoned in the post-election events.

Parleman News, a website run under the supervision of the minority reformists of the parliament, reported that an anonymous member of the City Council has informed them of the Province's letter calling for an end to the meetings with the victim's families describing them "against the good and interest of the country."

Meeting room of Islamic City Council of Tehran (July 2009)

The meeting room was full of crowd today. Some people didn't have any seat. They were families of arrested, disappeared and killed politicians, journalists, lawyers and normal people who was arrested during the election aftermath.

Families introduced themselves and talked about their problems, and the fact that they are unable to contact their son/daughter/sister/brother/father. And that they are under physical, neural and mental torture. Even a mother told that she heard that her daughter is being raped in jail.

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Mehdi Chamran, head of Tehran City Council confirmed the existence of such a letter today claiming the letter indicated that instead "the concerns can be followed up by the families through the red cross."

The Province had earlier disputed the City Council's decision to provide victim families with monetary compensation. The province overturned the City's decision citing legal contradictions and prevented its execution.

Right to left: Mother of Martyr Sohrab A'rabi, Mrs. Mohtashami wife of Dr. Tajzadeh, Wife of Dr. Mohsen Aminzadeh

The city committees, charged with processing the complaints of the victims of the post-election government crackdown on election protesters, came into effect to appease public outrage at the fierce violence the people were subjected to in the past months. The Province is now unburdening the City since the public seems more subdued.

Wife of Mr. Behzad Nabavi

The City was also charged with investigating a series of anonymous burials in Tehran's biggest cemetery. Cemetery personnel had informed Norooz website that 44 unidentified bodies were buried at Behesht-e Zahra on July 13. Many claim that some of the detainees of the recent protests were amongst the buried.

Wife of Mr. Ahmad Zeidabadi

The City's investigation into these allegations has yielded no results so far. The police claim 20 people were killed in the recent unrest while Iran's parliamentary committee puts the number of dead at 30, and a list prepared by the opposition investigators headed by Alireza Behshti names 72 people killed in these events.

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