Iran charges detention centre staff with murder

Iran's military prosecutor has charged three staff with killing three inmates at a detention centre used to hold post-election protesters, ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

Iran charges detention centre staff with murder

Iran's military prosecutor has charged three staff with killing three inmates at a detention centre used to hold post-election protesters, ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

The prosecution has asked the military court for "the punishment of three people who worked in Kahrizak detention centre for taking part in beatings which caused the intentional deaths of three people," the report said.

It quoted a prosecution office statement as naming the three killed as Mohsen Ruholamini, Amir Javadi and Mohammad Kamrani.

The three were among more than 150 demonstrators taken to the centre, south of Tehran, in the aftermath of street protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election in June, the agency said.

Officials had earlier said Ruholamini and Kamrani died of meningitis.

"The coroner rejected that these people died of meningitis and confirmed there were bruises on their bodies from beatings and that the cause of death was a series of beatings," the prosecution office's said.

Neither the names of the three defendants nor the posts they held at Kahrizak were cited in the report.

The statement also said the number of defendants who will face prosecution in the Kahrizak case was 12 and that all have now been indicted, adding that trial dates and charges would be announced later.

The detention centre, which was ordered closed in late July by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, "had unsuitable hygienic, nutrition and living conditions without medical care," the statement said.

"Because of space limitations ... many of the arrested people ... were held together with some thugs ... Abnormal and physical punishments by the guards also aggravated this bad situation."

According to press reports and opposition websites, several people died from beatings at Kahrizak.

Opposition protesters poured on to streets in the aftermath of the Islamic republic's June 12 presidential election to protest against the result, alleging the poll was rigged.

The statement explained that the Kahrizak lawsuit was based on 98 complaints, of which 51 were withdrawn on the basis of compensation.

It also said that 168 protesters were taken to the detention centre between June 25 and July 10.

Iranian officials have put the number of people killed over the protests at 36, but opposition groups say at least 72 people have died in post-vote incidents.




Agencies

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