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Iran: Musavi's Son-In-Law Beaten Up At Funeral

By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

Former Iranian lawmaker Ali Shakourirad hasposted a photo on his blog of son-in-law of opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi whom he says was beaten by security forces during last week’s funeral for Musavi’s father.

Javad Salimi, who says he was attacked and detained for trying to help a woman who was being attacked.

Shakourirad writes that Musavi’s son-in-law, Javad Salimi, who is a surgeon and university professor, was attacked and detained after he tried to help a woman in a chador who was being beaten by a plainclothes agent for chanting slogans in support of Musavi.

Musavi is believed to have been placed under house arrest some seven weeks ago.

Shakourirad describes Salimi as a defender of “Islam, the revolution, and the ideas and path of the imam,” a reference to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic regime.

He writes:

They took Dr. Javad Salimi, a university professor and the brother of three martyrs, with a bloody face and blindfolded while all his body ached [from the beatings] for interrogation. ...

[The interrogator] asks: "Why were you detained?"

Salimi says: "I saw a woman in a chador who had apparently chanted ‘Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein’ being taken away by a big plainclothes agent who was at the same time beating her. I protested and said, 'Why are you treating a woman who is not related to you this way in public?'"

The interrogator interrupts him and says: "Don’t speak nonsense."

What else can the heartbroken professor say! Values seem to have changed in Iran. Things that were once considered values -- and there was a revolution to reach those values -- are now considered nonsense in the eyes of those who are in power.

Javad has nothing else to say.

Copyright (c) 2011 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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