Hojatoleslam Mohammad Jafar Montazeri

Iran’s attorney general denies serial rape in SE Iran

MNA – Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, Iran’s Attorney General, announced on Monday that the claim of serial rape in SE Iran was a total lie.

Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, Iran’s Attorney General, dismissed on Monday the claims that a number of women were raped in Iranshahr County in southeastern Province of Sistan and Balouchestan. He recounted that the issue was being examined by local judiciary officials as well as in Tehran by the Iran’s Attorney General Office.

“According to what local judiciary officials as well as provincial Attorney General Office in Sistan and Balouchestan province have stated and my own investigations, the issue as it has been projected is completely untrue,” asserted Mr. Montazeri.

“There only two or three women who have filed complaints at courts and their cases should be examined and investigated if they are still insisting on their demands,” he added.

“Unfortunately, it seems that there are a group of people in our country who are tasked with spreading baseless news,” he condemned the spread of news by some groups.

“Unfortunately, there are a group who are targeting the public mind with their fabricated news to disturb public opinion, but the main issue is to find the roots of these events,” highlighted the senior judiciary official.

“The one who has fabricated such a piece of news and without having any piece of proof has announced it at a gathering or ceremony before the public, must assuredly prove it and otherwise he will be legally sued for disturbing public opinion,” he underlined.

Issuing a formal decree on Sunday, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli urged the governor general of Sistan and Balouchestan Province to follow up the case.

After the news of some moral insecurity events in Iranshahr, a county in Sistan and Balouchestan Province in southeastern Iran, was spread, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli issued a decree on Sunday urging the governor general of the province to follow up the case and brief people of details.

On Saturday, the Imam of a Sunni mosque decried insecurity and referred to a number of families who had told him that their daughters were kidnaped and raped in the county.

After his sermon, the people were filled with rage and staged public protests against the insecurity against girls and women of their city.

Afterwards the cleric was questioned by other officials and media, and in response he recounted that he had been informed of the event after police caught a rapist who had admitted raping 41 women.

According to attorney general of the province, so far 3 families have filed for rape in the courts of the province and out of the three complainants just one has agreed to be examined by forensic gynecologists.