Iranian Oxford student told to pay £3.7m 'torture' damages
Guardian / R. Neate, Saeed K. Dehghan & L. Porter

Mehdi Rafsanjani Hashemi, undertaking a doctorate on Iran's constitution, was found liable in absentia by a Canadian court for imprisoning and torturing a rival in the 1990s. Ontario's superior court of justice ordered Hashemi, fourth son of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran's president from 1989 to 1997, to pay total damages of £3.7m to Houshang Bouzari and his family.

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