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17:59 | 2009-09-12


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Panel Dismisses Karroubi's Claims on Sexual Harassment of Detainees

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iranian fact finding commission assigned to review events following June 12 presidential election announced on Saturday that the claims raised by Mehdi Karroubi, a defeated presidential candidate, on sexual harassment in the country's detention centers were "fake and politically motivated".

The Judiciary panel, formed late in August by Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli to review events and unrests which erupted after the country's 10th presidential election, presented the results of its comprehensive field investigations as well as interviews with Mr. Karroubi and studies of all CDs and documentations presented by him, in a detailed letter to Ayatollah Larijani on Saturday.

"Not only there exists no document substantiating rape and sexual harassment of the individuals named by Karroubi and the claims raised in this regard are unfounded and void of truth, but also the presented claims and documents are completely fake and have been compiled for diverting the public opinion," the panel said in its letter, a copy of which received by FNA.

The panel also added that judiciary and security officials are reviewing the root causes of the issues and will inform the public of the final results of their investigations in future.

Iran's Prosecutor General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejeii, Judiciary First Deputy Chief Ebrahim Raeesi and Judiciary adviser Ali Khalafi are members of the panel.

Mehdi Karroubi had said in the letter to Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, an influential religious leader and former president, that "a number of detainees had told him that some female detainees had been raped savagely".

"Young boys held in detention have also been savagely raped," he said, adding they were suffering from depression and serious physical harm after the alleged attacks.

Earlier in August, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani dismissed the claims announcing that the results of an investigation by the Iranian parliament showed that claims about sexual harassment of the detainees were "untrue".

"No case of sexual harassment and rape was encountered during the precise and comprehensive studies carried out over the conditions of the detainees in
Kahrizak and Evin (detention centers)," Larijani said.