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Ex-Prosecutor of Tehran Defends Himself Against Damning Report

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Saeed Mortazavi, former prosecutor of Tehran reacted to the parliamentary report that found him the chief culprit in the numerous cases of detainee mistreatment in the post election events, in a letter to Speaker of the Parliament Ali Larijani. He described the report "vague and erroneous" which according to him has created "misunderstandings in the media."

Saeed Mortazavi

Lat week the Parliamentary Probe's report was read in the House announcing that Saeed Mortazavi was responsible for transferring post-election detainees to Kahrizak jail where detainees were tortured and even beaten to death.

In his letter, Mortazavi claims the media is distorting the reports and stands by his decision to transfer 147 detainees to Kahrizak. He claims most of them were "hooligans who had threatened public order and security, destroyed transportation vehicles, stabbed police with knives and machetes and set fire to public property."

Saeed Mortazavi also claims that he was on vacation the whole time that the 147 detainees were being kept at Kahrizak so if the special judge in charge of their cases has neglected his duties then he will have to be held accountable.

He adds that he had given orders that the "educated" should not be transferred to Kahrizak and the seven educated detainees that were sent there were at fault themselves for hiding their true identity.

Iranian Judiciary has announced that the three people who were killed due to beatings at Kahrizak were victims of first degree murder.

Death at Kahrizak Prison

Mohsen Ruholamini

Mohammed Kamrani

Amir Javadifar

Mortazavi says: "It is not fitting that the mental security and reputation of judges becomes the target of poisoned propaganda and libel in the media without any legal foundation."

He claims the "anti-Revolutionary" elements are taking advantage of this report to take revenge from him for his years of service as a judge.

Saeed Mortazavi's letter comes at a time when the parliamentary report has been sent to the judiciary to proceed with legal action.

Parviz Sarvari, head of parliamentary Probe Committee when asked about Mortazavi's letter maintained: "The committee's reports is documented and our investigation according to the available documents is undeniable. Once a court proceeding is set up, Mr. Mortazavi can present his own evidence."

Kahrizak jail was closed down by the order of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, after reports of detainees being killed there reached the public. Saeed Mortazavi, a staunch Ahmadinejad supporter, was soon transferred from the prosecutor's office and is currently head of a task force fighting smuggling of narcotics and other goods.

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