(AP) Police and judiciary officials sought on Sunday to calm public outrage in Iran over the deaths of detained protesters in prison, acknowledging abuses and calling for those responsible to be punished.
A senior commander of the powerful Revolutionary Guard, which led the crackdown against the protesters, meanwhile, said that the three top opposition figures are the ones who should be put on trial, striking a harder line that suggests tensions at the highest levels of Iran’s power structure.
Iran’s Prosecutor General Ghorban Ali Dorri Najafabadi called for those responsible for mistreating detainees to be punished, saying that the protesters weren’t even meant to be taken to Kahrizak prison, which has been at the center of abuse claims.
“Unfortunately, negligence and carelessness by some officials caused the Kahrizak incident, which is not defendable,” he told the state news agency. “During early days, it is possible there were mistakes and mistreatment due to overcrowding in the prison.”
His comments were followed up by police chief Gen. Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam who acknowledged protesters were beaten by their jailers at the same facility and its head has since been arrested along with three guards there and the prison closed down.
However he maintained that the deaths in the prison were not caused by the abuse.
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