Iran: Karoubi put on trial over rape claims

Published October 13th, 2009 - 09:14 GMT

Iran's judiciary has prepared a legal case against pro-reform cleric Mehdi Karoubi over his claims that some imprisoned opposition activists were raped, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday. A special investigative committee had prepared the file into the case and sent it to the prosecutor's office, IRNA said.


"Karoubi is a cleric and his remarks should be studied at the special court for the clergy," said Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi. "Some people have also been summoned in connection with the case."


Karoubi, who finished fourth in the June presidential election, claimed earlier this year that some people arrested in the post-election unrest had been raped and abused in detention. Last month, the same judicial committee rejected Karoubi's allegation and called for libel charges to be considered against anyone making such claims.


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