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Re-opening of notorious Iranian prison denied

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Chief Justice of Tehran Province denied allegations about re-opening of the notorious Kahrizak Detention Centre. Alireza Avayi told a group of reporters today that a prison with "good standards" has been built in the vicinity of Kahrizak Detention Centre which has no connection with this detention centre.

An outside view of Kahrizak

Kahrizak was shut down last summer after news of abuse and death of post-election detainees leaked out creating adverse publicity for Islamic Republic authorities. The notorious detention centre was shut down by the order of the Supreme Leader who stated "sub-standard conditions" as the reason for the closure.

A parliamentary probe later confirmed that gross misconduct by prison officials had indeed taken place at this jail which caused the death of at least three detainees.

Torture & Death at Kahrizak Prison
4 protesters who died while in detention at the notorious Kahrizak prison

Mohsen Ruholamini

Mohammed Kamrani


Amir Javadifar


Ramin Aghazadeh Ghahremani

Earlier Mehdi Khazali had written a letter to Iran's Head of Judiciary informing him that Kahrizak Detention Centre is being reopened. He had called on the judiciary to probe into the opening of this centre.

Alireza Avayi's reaction, which has come weeks after Mr. Khazali's letter to Sadegh Larijani was published, tries to ease concerns saying: "The new prison is a legal prison with appropriate standards." He insists that the new prison has been mistakenly referred to as Kahrizak Prison.

The judiciary has charged 12 prison officials in connection with the deaths at Kahrizak Prison who are accused of first degree murder.

The prosecution of the perpetrators of the Kahrizak crimes remains behind closed door and no official news has been announced regarding their fate.

Saeed Mortazavi

Former Tehran Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi has been found responsible for the torture and death of election protesters at the infamous detention centre Kahrizak, according to the Parliamentary Committee report which investigated the post-election events. But no charges have been brought up against him.

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