Thursday August 13 – the daily story

Mehdi Karoubi continued his onslaught about the post-election detentions by saying some of those arrested were tortured to death (although this is not disputed by the regime). He added that in other cases prisoners were ridden naked by guards or forced to go naked on top of each other. link

— The Rooz website carries a translation of  the original Karoubi letter. link

— Hardline Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, who will be taking Friday prayers this week instead of Ayatollah Rafsanjani, said Karoubi should be prosecuted for “libelling the system” unless he can prove his allegations. link

— The reformist group Mujahedin of the Islamic Revolution, most of whose leaders are currently behind bars, attacked efforts to deflect attention from what went on at Kahrizak detention centre and insisted that President Ahmadinejad and Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli be held to account as the people most responsible for the outrages.

— Three UN human rights experts said they were concerned over reports from Iran of torture being used to obtain confessions. link

— One leading reformist however believes he has the ultimate answer to the current wave of “confessions” – declare yours to be false even before you’ve made it. Mohsen Armin, of the Mujahedin of the Islamic Revolution organisation, has posted a retraction of any future televised confession he might make on his website under the headline:  “I look forward to being detained.” link

The Assembly of Members of Parliament, a body representing former MPs, has written to Ayatollah Rafsanjani demanding that the Assembly of Experts investigate recent events in the context of constitutional articles 1 to 11 and “review the performance of the institutions under the Supreme Leader,  including the military, police and  judiciary”. link

Remember Esfandiar Rashim Mashaie, the guy President Ahmadinejad got into trouble over after trying to make him First Vice President? Now he has got everyone confused with a statement about the election numbers. Please concentrate – I’m not going to repeat myself. Apparently Mashaie says that Ahmadinejad got just 4 million votes from people who actually supported him. And 13 million, as the figures show, voted for Moussavi. “The remaining 20 million [who voted for Ahmadinejad] were in fact critical of the regime and they are more serious than the 13 million. The 13 million voters only questioned the four-year performance of Ahmadinejad. But the 20 million were critical of all the years before Ahmadinejad took office.” I’m glad we’ve got that one sorted. link

— Mind you, not everyone seems convinced. link

The United Nations would now like it to be known that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon did not “congratulate” President Ahmadinejad on his re-election in  a note he sent marking the event. The Un’s change of tune follows strong protests over his action. link

Iran has issued a new stamp – to commemorate “the massive turnout” in the election. It was unveiled at a ceremony headed by – the President.   link


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