Iran judiciary rejects opposition rape allegations
Associated Press
12-Sep-2009 (one comment)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's official news agency IRNA says a judiciary panel has rejected claims made by a reformist presidential candidate that detained protesters were raped and demanded his prosecution.

The report by a three-member panel probing abuse allegations made by former parliamentary speaker Mahdi Karroubi said a thorough investigation revealed them to be baseless.

The panel's recommendation ratchets up the pressure against Karroubi, whom hard-line clerics and commanders of the powerful Revolutionary Guards have already called for to be prosecuted.

The report comes a day after Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the country's reformist opposition that it would face a "harsh response" for confronting the ruling system.

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