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A Year Later: Suppression Continues in Iran

Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi

Born: 1953

Hometown: Yazd

Position: Prosecutor-General of Tehran

“I would like to advise the public to be wary of deviating slogans and of those individuals who seek to disrupt public order on this day. I urge security officers to confront those persons who seek to undermine social security.”



As head of the Judiciary in Khuzestan Province, Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi promised “severe punishment” of leaders of the opposition and those who protested following the June 12, 2009 election.

He replaced Saeed Mortazavi as Prosecutor-General of Tehran in September 2009. He issued arrest war- rants for political figures including Alireza Beheshti, Mousavi’s head advisor, and ordered that Mehdi Karroubi’s office and the office of the Society for the Defense of Political Prisoners be sealed. In October 2009, he announced that a case had been opened in the Special Court for the Clerics to investigate Karroubi for making accusations of sexual assault in detention centers.

Dolatabadi also falsely claimed that Dr. Pourandarjani, a physician at Kahrizak prison who reported that suspects in custody had died from beatings and who subsequently died under mysterious circumstances himself, had committed suicide by mixing heart and blood-pressure medications into his salad.

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