Chief of Tehran’s security forces: “It was a hard year”

18 Mar 2010

Azizollah Rajabzadeh, chief of Tehran’s security forces, says that the past (Persian calendar) year was a hard one for the security forces. He declared that the ruthless behavior of some of the guards at Kahrizak detention center in dealing with arrested post-election protesters is a shame. “But,” he added, “when there’s a situation of turmoil, there’s always a risk that some people of the security forces lose their calm.”
The release of some prisoners from Kahrizak on July 28, 2009 was followed by a number of testimonials in the foreign and opposition press on conditions inside the prison. Various news articles have reported on overcrowded and dirty cells where prisoners were routinely verbally and physically abused and beaten by guards – some to death. Mohsen Ruholamini and Amir Javadifar were two of the prisoners reported to have died from torture at Kahrizak. Also, several cases of rape have been reported. The medical report on Ruholamini’s death originally stated that Ruholamini died of “physical stress, the effects of being held in bad conditions, multiple blows and severe injuries to the body.” The physician who wrote this report, Ramin Pourandarjani, subsequently died in mysterious circumstances in police headquarters. The autopsy report for Javadifar stated that his death was caused by blunt trauma injury from severe beating.

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