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The Times i London har fått tilgang til rapporter som forteller om hvilke dødelige metoder regimet har anvendte mot virkelige og innbilte motstandere: fra dødelige skudd mot bryst og hode på demonstranter, voldtekter – også med dødelig utgang av jenter og gutter, voldsomme slag mot hodet, tortur til døden.

Det er som å lese om militærjuntaen i Argentina på 70-tallet, eller Pinochets Chile.

Iranerne spør seg: de lever 30 år etter revolusjonen, og likevel brukes slike bestialske metoder, mot vanlige mennesker, mot ungdommer. Og dette styret skal styre etter Koranen?

Tilfellene er mange og systematiske. Folk ser at det ikke er utslag av enkeltmenneskers voldstendenser. Politikken må være bestemt fra høyeste hold. Det gjør Den øverste leder og hans president til en kriminell. Men kommer de til å bli rapportert til FNs Menneskerettsråd?

bildet: Amir Javadifar

On July 8, a young student was arrested in Tehran for protesting against President Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election. The security forces clubbed Amir Javadifar, 24, so badly that he was treated in hospital before being taken to the notorious Evin prison. His father was later called and told to collect his corpse.

The security forces ordered his family to say that he had died of a pre-existing condition but medical reports show that he had been beaten, sustaining several broken bones, and had his toenails pulled out. «My son was not involved in politics. He loved his motherland — that’s all,» said Javadifar’s recently widowed father. «I alone mourn him.»

Javadifar is just one among scores of alleged cases of murder, torture and rape unearthed by opposition investigators — cases that a regime claiming to champion Islamic values is doing its utmost to suppress by denouncing the charges as lies, arresting the investigators and seizing their files.

The Times har fått tilgang til 500 sider med hemmelige dokumenter om forsvinningene, torturen, voldtektene, de hemmelige begravelsene, truslene mot etterlatte og helsepersonell om ikke å røpe noe.

The Times has been given access to 500 pages of documents — a small fraction of the total — that include handwritten testimony by victims, medical reports and interviews.

They suggest that security forces have engaged in systematic killing and torture to try to break the opposition.

«The use of rape and torture was similar across prisons in Tehran and the provinces. It is difficult not to conclude that the highest authorities planned and ordered these actions. Local authorities would not dare take such actions without word from above,» wrote one investigator, in a coded reference to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader.

Man må spørre: At regimet tør! Denn volden mot eget folk vil ikke gå i glemmeboken, den eroderer tilliten til regimet og åpner en avgrunn mellom folk og ledelse. Med tanke på hvor ung befolkningen er, ser det dystert ut for prestestyret.

The documents suggest that at least 200 demonstrators were killed in Tehran, with 56 others still unaccounted for, and that 173 were killed in other cities. These are several times higher than the official figures. Just over half of the 200 were killed on the streets. They were beaten around the head or shot in the head or chest as part of an apparent shoot-to-kill policy — there are no reports of demonstrators being shot in the legs.

Yacob Barvaye, 27, a student, was shot by Basiji militiamen from the top of the Lolagar mosque in Tehran on June 25, according to witnesses. Friends rushed him to hospital but he died of a brain haemorrhage. His family were standing over his body when the Basiji arrived and removed it. Two days later they called the family to say where they had buried it.

Ali Reza Tavasoli, 12, became separated from his father at a demonstration in the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery in Tehran commemorating the murder of Neda Soltan, the young woman whose videotaped death made her an opposition icon. His family stated that he had been killed in a car accident, but two doctors and a police officer have since testified that he died from blows to the head and that Basijis removed his body from the hospital.

His aunt says his impoverished parents were given the equivalent of $2,000 (£1,215) to lie about the boy’s death.

Improviserte fengsler

Dokumentene forteller om ad hoc-fengsler. Det er der hvor voldtektene av ungdommene skal ha funnet sted. Jentene som blir voldtatt får høre at de er moralsk urene.

The documents also suggest that a chain of unofficial, makeshift prisons has been set up across Iran where rape and torture are common practice. In Tehran alone, 37 young men and women claim to have been raped by their jailers. Doctors’ reports say that two males, aged 17 and 22, died as a result of severe internal bleeding after being raped.

Many of the male rape victims also spoke of beatings, being subjected to forms of sexual humiliation including riding naked colleagues, and living in their underwear and in filthy conditions. Some testified that prisoners were subjected to torture including beatings, electrocution and having their toenails torn out.

«Where is the humanity among these agents?» one investigator scribbled on a document.

Female rape victims were mostly held for days, not weeks, like the men. Some said that their jailers claimed to have «religious sanction» to violate them as they were «morally dirty».

Almost all, male and female, testified that they were ordered to say nothing of their ordeal or they would face more of the same.

Alt gjøres for å holde informasjon hemmelig. Regimets håndlangere trenger inn på sykehus og nekter leger å behandle skadde demonstranter, de truer også leger til ikke å registrere politiets voldtekter. Dette er forhold som minner juntaen i Argentina på 70-tallet.

The documents detail other systematic abuses: violent raids on student dormitories, attacks on the homes of suspected opposition sympathisers and the widespread intimidation of medics. They cite instances of security forces storming hospitals and ordering doctors not to treat injured demonstrators, not to record deaths by gunshot and to suppress medical reports indicating rape or torture.

Early last week, security forces raided offices of Mr Karoubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, the other main opposition candidate, and seized much of their evidence.


‘Torture, murder and rape’ — Iran’s way of breaking the opposition