Iran Admits Protester Was Beaten to Death

First official acknowledgment of post-election state violence
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2009 7:09 AM CDT
Dozens of opposition activists and protesters are still standing trial in Tehran's Revolutionary Court for allegedly plotting to topple the ruling Islamic system.   (AP Photo/Fars News Agency,Hasan Ghaedi)
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(Newser) – A man arrested in the upheaval following Iran's presidential election was beaten to death in jail, Iranian media reported yesterday—offering the first official acknowledgment that a detained protester died after the disputed vote. Officials had originally said the man died of an illness, but a coroner's report said he suffered "repeated blows and severe physical injuries." The death took place at the notorious Kahrizak prison, which Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has since ordered closed.