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A Year Later: Suppression Continues in Iran

Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam

Born: 1961

Hometown: Tehran

Position: Chief, National Police

“The police have details about the activities of these people who tried to question the legitimacy of the election and expose fraud with the help of Western media and their embassies.”




During the demonstrations following the June 12, 2009 election, Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam promised to “quell any unrest” and mobilized thousands of police officers. On July 1, 2009, he claimed that Dr. Arash Hejazi, who was present during the shooting of Neda Agha-Sultan, was wanted by Interpol for aiding Western media in “psychological warfare against Iran.” He later claimed to have been misquoted.

Ahmadi-Moqaddam initially claimed that only the most dangerous suspects were taken to Kahrizak prison, but later admitted that at least 145 of the prisoners were low-priority and not dangerous. A doctor working in the prison, Dr. Ramin Pourandajarani, found that the death of one suspect was the result of conditions in the prison and beatings. The doctor subsequently died under mysterious circumstances while in police headquarters.

During protests on Ashura (December 27, 2009), witnesses saw and at least one video shows protesters being run over by a police vehicle. Ahmadi-Moqaddam claimed that the vehicle was stolen and that the thief was responsible for this attack.

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