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A Year Later: Suppression Continues in Iran

Azizollah Rajabzadeh

Position: Chief of Police, Tehran

“After the election when illegal gatherings and rallies were held, police officers acted with profound insight and measured force ... when there was need for exerting force they did so, and when there was need to show restraint they did that as well.”

 

 

 

 

Azizollah Rajabzadeh became Chief of Police for the city of Tehran in October 2008. During the demonstrations following the June 12, 2009 presidential elections, police forces under his command were filmed assaulting the dormitories at Tehran University and beating students with batons. Other video shows a police vehicle running over protesters in the streets.

Rajabzadeh claimed that no one was abused or died in Kahrizak prison, despite the fact that a Majlis investigation concluded that three young men died as the result of maltreatment while in custody in the prison. He was later honored with a certificate of praise by the Majlis for “putting out the flame of rebellion.”

On February 22, 2010, he was replaced by Hossein Sajedinia, formerly deputy chief of police for police operations.

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