Ex-Tehran University Chancellor beaten up and arrested

Ex-Tehran University Chancellor beaten up and arrested

Published by on February 8, 2016

dr-malekiDr. Mohammad Maleki, the first Tehran University Chancellor after the 1979 revolution was beaten up and arrested by the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) on the verge of the elections as an indication of the Iranian regime’s fear of escalation of social protests.

At 10 am Friday, February 5, the 82-year-old Dr. Maleki was arrested by a group of MOIS agents in Tehran.

The agents treated him cruelly as they pushed him into a Peugeot. As a result Dr. Maleki suffered an injury to the head and severe soreness of the body. Several hours later, the suppressive forces abandoned him in a deserted area near Behesht-e Zahra in southern Tehran.

Dr. Maleki who was first arrested in 1981 has spent many years in the regime’s medieval prisons. Although very ill, he has been detained and imprisoned time and again in recent years by the regime’s suppressive organs.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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