• 14 August 2009
  • Posted By Artin
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  • Events in Iran, Iran Election 2009

Friday prayer leaders in several large cities have launched into an unprecedented attack on upon opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi. These hardline leaders are calling for his trial. Quotes from BBC Persian‘s reporting:

In the Friday prayers, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said, “The Judiciary has clearly announced that the sexual harassment that [Karroubi] claims has occurred is a lie, the Special Committee of the Majles also says it is a lie, everyone has said this sexual harassment is a lie.”

Mohammad Saeed, Friday prayer leader of Qom, said that the publisher of the claims of sexual abuse of the prisoners must face judgment and receive “maximum punishment.” “Unfortunately, these claims have created improper consequences and implications for the Islamic Republic.”

Ahmad Elmolhadi, Friday prayer leader of Mashhad, called Karroubi “A follower of the enemy’s system and an agent of Arrogance [the United States],” who “wants to bring shame upon the Islamic system at the national and international levels.” Therefore, Karroubi “should not be free inside this country, but he should be under legal persecution and face judgment.”

He said Mr. Karroubi must prove his claims and writings, otherwise, “We must confront him as if he were a terrorist.”

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    3 Responses to “Friday Prayer Leaders Launch Unprecedented Attack on Karroubi”

  1. Megan says:

    They have been caught with their pants down. Karroubi has not said anything people in Iran did not already know. The difference is now the whole world knows the dirty little secret of this fascist regime. They are indignant because their dirty laundry is out for the world to view.

    In Iranian culture sexual assault is a stigma. No one embraces the victims. The victims, therefore, carry the burden alone and in silence. In July of this year we heard of an 18 year old protester in Shiraz who gets arrested. He is beaten and sexually assaulted in the detention center. After two weeks they throw his half-dead body out of prison. He does not go home; instead he goes to a store and asks the store keeper if he could spend the night in his store. Store keeper who sees massive visible injury to the young man’s head and face tells him that he would give him money for a cab for him to go home. He tells the store keeper he had been in detention as a protester and that he could not go home because his father would not let him in the house. Store keeper senses the coded message but does not want to believe it. He let the young man in his store, closes the doors and goes to the home of a doctor he knows, begs the doctor to come to his store and examine the young man. The doctor does that and after examining the young man tells the store keeper that the young man most likely had international bleeding and his rectum needed to be sutured as well as gashes in his face and head. He also needed antibiotics because his wounds were badly infected. He takes the young man to his clinic after clinic is closed to treat him. The father learns about his son and the nature of his injuries and says the young man is no longer my son and he will not be allowed in my house. Of-course the young man knew that and that was why after being thrown out of detention center he would not go home.
    I do not know what became of this young man. I do not know if he survived his physical injuries. Even if his physical injuries healed I wonder if his psychological injuries will ever heal or how he will live with the stigma of being raped. There are score of wounded men and women like this fellow who have been silenced forever by this evil regime.

  2. Longines says:

    They have been caught with their pants down. Karroubi has not said anything people in Iran did not already know. The difference is now the whole world knows the dirty little secret of this fascist regime. They are indignant because their dirty laundry is out for the world to view.

    In Iranian culture sexual assault is a stigma. No one embraces the victims. The victims, therefore, carry the burden alone and in silence. In July of this year we heard of an 18 year old protester in Shiraz who gets arrested. He is beaten and sexually assaulted in the detention center. After two weeks they throw his half-dead body out of prison. He does not go home; instead he goes to a store and asks the store keeper if he could spend the night in his store. Store keeper who sees massive visible injury to the young man’s head and face tells him that he would give him money for a cab for him to go home. He tells the store keeper he had been in detention as a protester and that he could not go home because his father would not let him in the house. Store keeper senses the coded message but does not want to believe it. He let the young man in his store, closes the doors and goes to the home of a doctor he knows, begs the doctor to come to his store and examine the young man. The doctor does that and after examining the young man tells the store keeper that the young man most likely had international bleeding and his rectum needed to be sutured as well as gashes in his face and head. He also needed antibiotics because his wounds were badly infected. He takes the young man to his clinic after clinic is closed to treat him. The father learns about his son and the nature of his injuries and says the young man is no longer my son and he will not be allowed in my house. Of-course the young man knew that and that was why after being thrown out of detention center he would not go home.
    I do not know what became of this young man. I do not know if he survived his physical injuries. Even if his physical injuries healed I wonder if his psychological injuries will ever heal or how he will live with the stigma of being raped. There are score of wounded men and women like this fellow who have been silenced forever by this evil regime.; They have been caught with their pants down. Karroubi has not said anything people in Iran did not already know. The difference is now the whole world knows the dirty little secret of this fascist regime. They are indignant because their dirty laundry is out for the world to view.

    In Iranian culture sexual assault is a stigma. No one embraces the victims. The victims, therefore, carry the burden alone and in silence. In July of this year we heard of an 18 year old protester in Shiraz who gets arrested. He is beaten and sexually assaulted in the detention center. After two weeks they throw his half-dead body out of prison. He does not go home; instead he goes to a store and asks the store keeper if he could spend the night in his store. Store keeper who sees massive visible injury to the young man’s head and face tells him that he would give him money for a cab for him to go home. He tells the store keeper he had been in detention as a protester and that he could not go home because his father would not let him in the house. Store keeper senses the coded message but does not want to believe it. He let the young man in his store, closes the doors and goes to the home of a doctor he knows, begs the doctor to come to his store and examine the young man. The doctor does that and after examining the young man tells the store keeper that the young man most likely had international bleeding and his rectum needed to be sutured as well as gashes in his face and head. He also needed antibiotics because his wounds were badly infected. He takes the young man to his clinic after clinic is closed to treat him. The father learns about his son and the nature of his injuries and says the young man is no longer my son and he will not be allowed in my house. Of-course the young man knew that and that was why after being thrown out of detention center he would not go home.
    I do not know what became of this young man. I do not know if he survived his physical injuries. Even if his physical injuries healed I wonder if his psychological injuries will ever heal or how he will live with the stigma of being raped. There are score of wounded men and women like this fellow who have been silenced forever by this evil regime.;;

  3. correction says:

    the Mashhad prayer leader’s name is ‘Alamol-Hoda (meaning the Banner of Guidance)

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