Iran closes notorious Tohid prison after protests
TEHRAN, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Iran's notorious Tohid prison, run by the
intelligence ministry, has been closed down, newspapers on Thursday quoted
a reformist parliamentarian as saying.
``The intelligence minister ordered the closure of the (prison)...and
nobody was held there when our delegation visited,'' the daily Aftab-e
Yazd quoted Ali Akbar Mousavi-Khoeini as saying. Other newspapers carried
He said many former detainees, including students arrested after the
July 1999 unrest, had protested about the behaviour of prison interrogators
and parliament was investigating the reports.
Some student leaders had earlier written open letters protesting about
the use of torture, including repeated beatings and lashings, to extract
Two reformist newspapers which had carried details of one such letter
were later closed down by the hardline-dominated judiciary.
``If the allegations are true, legal action has to be taken and the
perpetrators punished in such a manner that nobody will ever again dare
to mistreat suspects,'' said Mousavi-Khoeini.
He said the parliamentary delegation, which visited the major prisons
in Tehran, was denied access to pro-democracy firebrand Akbar Ganji, who
was jailed earlier this year and remains in prison without trial.