Iran's Larijani says ready to study Karoubi's rape allegation documents

Iran's parliamentary speaker said he was ready to consider any documents submitted by opposition leader Karoubi on rape allegations.

Iran's Larijani says ready to study Karoubi's rape allegation documents

Iran's parliamentary speaker said on Thursday he was ready to consider any documents submitted by opposition leader Mehdi Karoubi to support his allegations that some imprisoned reformist protesters have been raped, the IRNA news agency reported.

Ali Larijani made the comment a day after Karoubi asked to meet top officials including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to present evidence of the alleged abuse of detainees following protests after June's disputed election.

Karoubi made the request in a letter to Larijani.

"He can pursue these issues and we are prepared to consider their documents and proofs," IRNA quoted Larijani as saying.

"We have no interest in keeping any part of this issue concealed from the public."

But he parliament's own committee of investigation into post-election events had "not come across the issues that Mr Karoubi raised".

Opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Karoubi say the election was rigged to secure the re-election of the re-elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, something Ahmadinejad and his allies, and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, deny.

Iran arrested thousands of people in the post-election protests.

At least 200 people remain in jail, including senior moderate politicians, activists, lawyers and journalists. Iran has this month begun three mass trials of reformist activists and protesters, including a former vice-president and former ministers.

Reuters
Last Mod: 21 Ağustos 2009, 11:45
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