Tehran's Top Cop Nabbed in Brothel

Man charged with 'moralizing' Iran capital caught with prostitutes
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2008 4:17 PM CDT
An Iranian police officer detains a woman for not adhering to the strict Islamic dress code in Tehran Monday April, 23, 2007. Iran's hard-line police has detained about 300 women and gave warnings to...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The man in charge of "moralizing" Iran's capital city is out of a job after being arrested during a raid on a Tehran brothel, Ynetnews reports. Police chief Reza Zarei, who had led crackdowns on women who disobeyed strict Islamic dress codes, was caught naked with six prostitutes in the recent raid and, according to unofficial sites, resigned his post.

Police raided the brothel on the orders of Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, Iran's top judicial authority. In the past six months, Zarei’s forces have allegedly arrested hundreds on moral violations. Zarei’s own arrest has been rumored for weeks, though it was not reported by official sources and instead broken by Farda News, a site close to a former Tehran mayor.