World Bulletin/News Desk
An Iranian official has accused the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Islamic Republic of receiving bribes from the United States, a news agency reported on Friday.
In a report last month, the investigator Ahmed Shaheed said Iran had failed to investigate "widespread, systemic and systematic violations of human rights" and urged Tehran to immediately release detained human rights advocates, journalists and lawyers.
"The money that the special rapporteur has received from America's foreign ministry (State Department) has prevented him from writing anything contrary to their wishes," the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) quoted Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary-general of the Iranian high council for human rights, as saying in a television programme late on Thursday.
Shaheed, whose latest report was based on 169 interviews with people inside and outside the Islamic Republic, voiced alarm at the escalating rate of execution in Iran.
Shaheed, in Geneva to present his report to the United Nations on Monday, was not immediately available for comment.
In his report, Shaheed, who is barred from travelling to Iran, also said opposition leaders Mehdi Karoubi and Mirhossein Mousavi, who have been under house arrest for more than two years, were among hundreds of political prisoners held for protesting over alleged fraud in the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.
"This report and these propaganda aim to influence next year's presidential elections," Larijani said according to state television. Iran's next presidential election is scheduled for June.Last Mod: 09 Mart 2013, 13:33