Security forces raided the offices of the committee set up by presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi to pursue complaints of victims of the crackdown on protesters that followed the June 12 presidential elections, and confiscated all the property and evidence without even making a list of what they were taking.
The committee, presided by Ali-Reza Beheshti and working under the direct supervision of Mousavi, was the venue of many who came to ask about the status of their children, some of whom were in prison while others had lost their lives.
This raid comes a week after Beheshti announced the names of three more fatalities caused by the crackdown on the post-election demonstrations and said, "The names of three more individuals have been added to the list of 69 individuals who lost their lives while there are still family members of martyrs who have not approached this committee because of the conditions prevalent in the country."
Beheshti and Morteza Alviri had earlier submitted their list to the Majlis's (Iran's parliament) national security committee.
The publication of the list of names last week also brought about the anger of government supporters. Pro-government hardline Kayhan newspaper, for example, accused reformers of spreading rumors and fabricated names.
Observers believe that the raid by the security forces, which came a day after Kayhan published its list, was not unrelated to the latter. They point out that the 'Special News' column of the newspaper where the article was published is authored by its chief editor Hossein Shariatmadari, a well known hardliner, has in the past served as the groundwork for subsequent crackdown and attacks on government dissidents.
In recent days, some reports have put the number of identified deaths caused in the post election crackdown to be over 100 individuals and it appears that after the publication of their names or their personal information that have been recently uncovered, security forces have embarked on confiscating any supporting evidence and documents in this regard.
... Payvand News - 09/09/09 ... --