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Khamenei shuts detention centre via BBC NEWS

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on July 28, 2009

What’s going on in Iran? First this and now this…

Excerpt via BBC NEWS | Middle East | Khamenei shuts detention centre.

Iran’s Supreme Leader has ordered the closure of a detention centre where protesters against the recent election result were held.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei closed the centre at Kahrizak because it failed to “preserve the rights of detainees”.

Thousands of people were detained for protesting against the 12 June presidential election results.

The highly unusual closure shows how much pressure Iran’s leaders are under over detainees, correspondents say.

Why would he suddenly take this move?  The article gives a few reasons

A recent statement by Kazem Jalali, spokesperson for a committee set up to investigate prison conditions for those held season the protest said :

“Kahrizak is the detention centre which the leader ordered closed because it lacked necessary conditions to preserve rights of detainees,”

It also seems that regularly reported deaths of opposition protesters might be sparking a fear that things might get worse; especially the death of a particular individual:

One of those who died was the 25-year-old son of Abdolhossein Rouhalamini, a close aide to one of the opposition candidates, Mohsen Rezai.

Mohsen Rouhalamini was arrested during a protest on 9 July, was taken to a hospital after two weeks and died, Associated Press news agency reported.

An opposition news web site said he had been held at Kahrizak, and that his face was beaten.

But the head of Tehran prisons, Sohrab Soleimani, said he and another prisoner had died of meningitis.

I doubt that many will believe the official reason for his death. But more importantly, an explanation will be pondered on by many as to why Khamenei made this move

Could be that Khamenei just believes this is only a just and necessary step  based on recent reports about prison conditions and the deaths of opposition protesters?

One explanation says he is forced to take this move. Those who believe this view would see his legitimacy as having declined. It would be to them that Khamenei’s authority has ebbed.

For those who take the other position that Khamenei was simply doing what is right and they believe in the integrity of Khamenei.

Which position is actually the case? All or just one?

I doubt that the apple falls to far from the tree.

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