IRAN: Despite newspaper closure, rape allegations continue
Los Angeles Times / Borzou Daragahi

If Iran's rulers thought shuttering a popular reformist newspaper would end an uproar over allegations of rape and abuse of inmates inside the nation's prisons, they were sorely mistaken.

A day after authorities shuttered former parliamentary speaker Mehdi Karroubi's Ettemad Melli newspaper for publishing his letter alleging that guards brutally raped prisoners inside Iran's detention centers, the leading opposition figure defiantly broached the taboo subject.

"Your letter regarding the ugly treatment of prisoners in certain detention centers has frustrated the non-national television and the mouthpieces of the coup plotters," Mir Hossein Mousavi wrote in a letter to Karroubi that was published on numerous websites. 

"The prisoners who have been raped are required to present four just eyewitnesses. Those who have committed these offenses were the agents of the regime," he continued.

A popular reformist website,, also reported today on another case of sexual abuse inside prison.  

According to the website, when lawmakers inspected Tehran's Evin Prison, one inmate ide... >>>
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