By: Mir M.Hosseini
Allegations of prisoner abuse were associated with the existence of the Islamic Republic of Iran since its foundation. Although news of torture, sexual misconduct and brief executions shook the world, voices were briefly silenced and Nazi style propaganda machine created headlines that quickly pushed such news aside. That is no more possible in the global village.
This time on Aug, 9, 2009 allegations came from Mehdi Karroubi, once the parliament speaker of IRI, in an open letter submitted to Hashemi Rafsanjani, head of the Guardian Council and Majma. His letter indicated testimonies of widespread torture and rape conducted on prisoners. These detainees were mostly arrested during demonstrations against widespread fraud at the presidential elections.
Only three days later, Ali Larijani, the new Majlis Speaker dismissed all allegations in such a hurry that casted more serious doubts on possibility of any justice in this case. Moreover intimidation and prosecution of fact-finding individuals and entities including human rights advocates continued until Larijani's brother was appointed as the head of the judiciary. He facilitated executions which his predecessor greatly opposed to.
It is somehow shameful to admit that Iran has never had a more Aniranian regime against its own people since the Qajar Dynasty.
Mehdi Karroubi soon faced same fate as Ayatollah Montazeri who warned Khomeini in a similar letter of consequences of injustice.