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Trials of Kahrizak Rapists Should be Open

Text Source: Roozonline

Following the request of the leader of Majlis's Imam's Path faction for open public trials of perpetrators of the recent crimes at Iran's detention centers, presidential hopeful Mehdi Karroubi me family members of a person who had been killed in the post-election turmoil, while the number of killed individuals in these events continues to rise.

The secretary general of the Imam's Path in the eight Majlis wrote a public letter in which he asks that perpetrators of the "ugly" acts at the country's detention centers be "openly" prosecuted. Mohammad Reza Tabesh's letter to the head of Iran's judiciary explained what he meant by open trials in these terms: "Open trials mean the absence of barriers for people to participate in the proceedings. Media journalists should be present and be able to take down written notes and publish their stories without naming the identity of the claimant or their specifications which could reveal their identity or social and business position."

Stating that the personality of suspects who are accused of mistreatment at the detention centers is not any higher than the political prisoners who are currently being tried, Tabesh called on the authorities to end trying to cover-up the crimes committed by these individuals. In another part of his letter, Tabesh questioned the claims that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been making about the violators at Kahrizak detention centers were "foreign moles", adding that such statements only added to the ambiguities of the case.

These developments are taking place after Mehdi Karroubi just recently revealed with documents and evidence that rape had taken place at the prisons of the Islamic republic. Karroubi has even said that he is willing to present rape victims to judiciary authorities to support his claims of rape at detention centers. In another twist in these developments, it was announced two days ago that because of the mistreatment of one rape victim who had been introduced by Karroubi, the person had disappeared or gone into hiding.

Karoubi Meets Family Members of a Killed Person

In another development related to the post June 12 elections in Iran, the wife of a person who was killed met with Karroubi and described how her husband had been killed . According to the woman, her husband called Najafi was a simple worker who worked from 6 am everyday till night. On June 12th, he returned home from work while his face in blood and said that on his way home a group of men armed with batons attacked him and beat him up until he became unconscious. When he gained consciousness, he realized he was in a car. "I noticed that there were a few others in similar condition as I and it appeared that they were either dead or unconscious, while I was thrown on them," he had said. He then pleaded with the men inside the car to let him go, which won the sympathy of one of the men and so he was let go. According to Khadijeh Heydari's narrative, her husband died two weeks after suffering the blows and injuries at the hands of the armed men.

More Deaths Announced

While Karroubi has been continuing his drive to express his concerns over the deaths of citizens caused by the turmoil after the June 12 presidential elections, official reports and statistics on the number of those who died has been rising. Mir-Hossein Mousavi's representative in the special committee that investigates the deaths in these recent incidents, who had told Majlis representatives that the number of people who had died in the demonstrations came to 69, said that three new names have been added to the dead. He warned that the numbers could rise still further adding, "There were still family members of martyrs who have not contacted us because of the prevalent atmosphere."

While the Passdaran Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) commander has stated that 9 citizens and 20 members of the Basij had been killed in the post-election events, seyed Alireza Beheshti said, "If the figures provided by the commander of the IRGC over the number of deaths are correct, then the real number of deaths is much higher than the numbers that appear in the list of the investigation committee, because none of the individuals on the list of this committee are members of the Basij."

He announced his readiness to follow up in comparing the list of 29 individuals presented by commander Jafari and the 72 people on the list presented by Mousavi's investigative committee.

Faces of the Killed and Arrested

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