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10/25/14

Iran's President Rouhani orders investigation into acid attacks in Isfahan

Source: Tehran Times

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has instructed three ministries to accelerate efforts to find culprits behind the recent acid attacks in Isfahan amid national outrage over the despicable acts.


Vice-President Massoumeh Ebteksr visits one of the acid attack victims
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After being briefed about the acid attacks against young women in Isfahan, Rouhani tasked the ministries of interior, intelligence, and justice to launch an investigation into issue, Press TV reported.

The president also condemned the attacks as "inhuman acts" and expressed sympathy with the victims.

Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi has called acid attacks an "act of terrorism".

Addressing worshippers in Tehran on Friday, Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani called for "maximum penalty" against perpetrators.

Isfahan deputy police chief Hossein Hosseinzadeh told the Mehr news agency on Friday that the "main suspect" has not been arrested yet.


cartoon by Mana Neyestani, Tavana

Reports of a spate of acid attacks against women in Isfahan have triggered concern among the Iranian public and led to widespread speculation in the press and social media.

Iranian authorities also said that security forces have arrested a number of suspects in connection with the attacks, but have not confirmed claims that the women were attacked because they were not dressed appropriately as required by the Islamic dress code.

On October 20, Judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i pledged serious and prompt action regarding the attacks. He also vowed maximum punishment possible for the perpetrators.

He described the acid attacks as unfair, murderous, and violent. "The issue will be examined immediately and the perpetrators will be given the maximum punishment possible."

On Wednesday, people held separate gatherings in the capital Tehran and Isfahan to vent their anger over the acid attacks.


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