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Report: Authorities Admit Abuse at Iranian Prison

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Posted on Aug 31, 2009
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A reported admission of abuse at an Iranian prison could help boost Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s public image. Here, Khamenei and re-elected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad share an awkward embrace during an official ceremony Aug. 3.

Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported Monday that local authorities have admitted that a 25-year-old detainee who was arrested in the wave of protests following June’s presidential election in Iran died from abuse at the hands of prison officials, according to The New York Times.  —KA

The New York Times:

The apparent admission of abuse appears to fit squarely with the recent strategy of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, of trying to calm the political crisis that has refused to let up, and to try to restore some of his lost credibility, political analysts said. As a religious and civil leader, he is supposed to be seen as above the political fray and as the embodiment of justice, qualities that analysts and reform supporters say were badly compromised when he sided with the president during the crisis.

The admission — if it is confirmed and leads to punishment — could also shore up his support among senior clerics and pragmatic conservative politicians upset about the treatment of prisoners, President Ahmadinejad’s attempts to consolidate power and the Supreme Leader’s handling of the post-election crisis. Mr. Ruholamini’s case helped galvanize their anger.

Mr. Ruholamini’s father Adolhossein, was a senior political adviser to Mohsen Rezai, a defeated presidential candidate and former commander of the powerful Revolutionary Guards. Authorities had told the elder Mr. Ruholamini on Aug. 9 that his son died from meningitis. But Mr. Ruholamini, who leads a prestigious scientific center in Tehran, later said he found his son’s bloodied and bruised body in a morgue.

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By freedom loving american, September 1, 2009 at 9:43 am Link to this comment

Well once again those muslim bastards have backed us into a corner.  We have no choice but to bomb, kill and terrorize their citizens for the next decade or so. We will torture, maime, and destroy millions   because at this point we have no way out. Anyone that opposes this noble undertaking(war-profiterring) get out now. O never mind that 1000’s die in our prison system every year from similar injuries.

Onward christain soldiers!! everyone sing along…

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By PatrickHenry, August 31, 2009 at 5:08 pm Link to this comment

Good for the Iranians.

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By freedom loving american, August 31, 2009 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment

Why is this story? When we have all the war criminals that tortured people and those that ordered the torture to be prosecuted for the vile inhumane war crimes they committed. 

Remember when Rumsfeld was so surprised there was any wrong doings at Abu Graib.  Then there were several military investigations (ASS covering missions), then after years of investigations it was determined all the torture was conducted by a few bad apples from the West Virginia national guard.  And America believed it! 

Torture must be punished. This is a no brainer for any civilized nation.  But wait isn’t war profiteering a war crime and isn’t destroying a country and killing millions and ruining many more millions lives some type of crime also? Isn’t it a crime to run secret prisons and contract the torturing out to others?  But then isn’t a crime to use illegal wiretaps to imprison innocent citizens? Then we don’t want to get into the illegal and illegitimate backroom politics that created the financial fiasco we are in, but those are crimes as well. 

Yes, we need to prosecute those that tortured and those that ordered the torture to take place. But when “We The People” supposedly twice elected the most incompetent, corrupt, foul, vile, leader ever to be elected in any democracy we own it to our posterity and to the world to prosecute the bush cabal for all their crimes.  We also need to make sure the republicans can no longer rig the elections. 

Water boarding has always been torture, it was torture in the 1st century it was torture in the 6th century it was torture in the 13 century it was torture in the 20 century.  Only since these crazy American hating, liberty hating, freedom hating, wingnuts stole our country in the last 5 elections has it not been considered torture. 
These gutless, inhumane, spineless, worthless, subhuman’s, who’s only concern is to steal all the money the hard working citizens pay to the government. The bush cabal should all be tried and hung like the worthless filth they are. Any gutless inhumane bureaucrat that tortured another human should be executed beside their leaders. 

However, this is somewhat sticky since we routinely torture and in many cases murder our own citizens that are imprisoned.

O my mistake this article was regaring abuses of different country. Go figure!?

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