Iran Reformist Publishes Prison Rape Account

Karroubi says more allegations of protester abuse to come
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2009 4:30 AM CDT
Pro-reform Iranian cleric Mehdi Karroubi, who was also a candidate in the June 12 election, attends a graveside memorial for victims of post-election violence.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A testimony released by defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi details a male protester's beating and rape at a notorious prison after the disputed election. The first-person account is just one of many, Karroubi alleges, and CNN reports that he will continue to publish them on his website "if the current trend continues." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently ordered the closure of Kahrizak prison, where several inmates say they were raped.

"I was in prison, blindfolded and tied down," the man's testimony reads. "They beat me almost to death and did the most despicable thing to me, which is rejected even by all infidels and idol worshipers. I only had the courage to make Mr. Karroubi aware of this."