Iran tries 12 suspects in protester prison deaths

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March 9, 2010 20:13

 
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TEHERAN, Iran  — Iran's official news agency on Tuesday reported that a trial has begun of 12 suspects in the deaths of three anti-government protesters tortured in prison in the post-election turmoil.




The IRNA report did not identify any of the suspects, saying the judge has banned reporting details of the trial.




In January, a parliamentary probe found a former Teheran prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, responsible for the torture death of the three in Kahrizak detention center in the capital. There has been no word of any action to punish Mortazavi so far and he currently heads a government body tasked with fighting smuggling of goods.




Iran's judiciary charged 12 officials at Kahrizak — three of them with murder — in 2009, a few months after the death of the three in July.


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