Former Iranian prosecutor faces trial linked to 2009 protests

Former Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi is set to go on trial in Tehran after being linked to the deaths of protesters arrested in the 2009 postelection crackdown.

Mortazavi and two judges will reportedly be tried for their roles in the transfer of opposition detainees to the Kahrizak detention center, where at least three were tortured to death.

Mortazavi, an ally of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, spent one night in jail earlier this month on unknown charges.

His arrest is believed to have been tied to an ongoing power struggle between Ahmadinejad and his powerful opponents in the regime.

Mortazavi, who currently heads Iran’s social-security organization, has been nicknamed the “Butcher of the Press” over his role in closing reformist publications and jailing journalists.

He has been also tied to the 2003 death of Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi.

By Radio Free Europe|Radio Liberty


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