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August 24th, 2009
08:50 AM ET

Iran rape, torture allegations

Iranian opposition suspects cover their faces at a Revolutionary Court hearing in Tehran last week.

Iranian opposition suspects cover their faces at a Revolutionary Court hearing in Tehran last week.

Hamid Dabashi
Special to CNN

Troubling news of kidnapping, rape, torture, and murder is flooding out of Iran.

Neda Aqa Soltan was murdered point-blank in the streets of Tehran for the whole world to see; while Sohrab Arabi was killed far from any global attention and his body given to his mother quietly to bury, as was the tortured body of Mohsen Ruholamini.

These names have assumed symbolic significance for many more innocent young men and women murdered by the custodians of the Islamic Republic with a wanton disregard for the lives and liberties of its own citizens.

Not just murder, but the rape of young men and women also is on the shameless roster of the Islamic Republic. After years of sporadic charges and troubling rumors, finally a courageous cleric has put a stamp of public recognition on atrocious practices in the theocratic state.

Mehdi Karrubi - one of the revolutionary founders of the Islamic Republic, a high-ranking cleric, a presidential candidate, a former speaker of the house and now a widely popular political activist - has published a letter, addressing it to the former president and current head of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. He accuses the security officers of the Islamic Republic of repeatedly and violently raping young women and men while they are in custody.

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