The Iranian Prosecutor-General, Assadollah Lajevardi, commented on his country's treatment of prisoners on November 4.
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2. SV Anti-US placard being paraded at rally for political prisoners. 0.27
3. SV PULL BACK TO GV Prisoners chanting. 0.36
4. GV PAN Iranian women prisoners chanting. (4 SHOTS) 1.04
5. GV & SV Prayers in prison attended by Lajevardi. 1.25
6. GV Prisoners listening to prayers. 1.34
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Background: TEHRAN, IRAN
The Iranian Prosecutor-General, Assadollah Lajevardi, commented on his country's treatment of prisoners on November 4. He denied that political detainees had been tortured in Teheran's main detention centre, Evin Jail. Mr. Lajevardi said prisoners opposed to the Islamic revolution were taken to the jails for rehabilitation. He added that even those found guilty of capital offences against the state could be reprieved - if they reformed. The Prosecutor-General also said that large numbers of former prisoners were serving with Iranian forces on the Iraqi war front. Hundreds of inmates gathered in Evin Jail's main room and chanted anti-US slogans, some held placards written in English, and many of the political detainees present were women. They were jointed by Assadollah Lajevardi, who claims he spent ten years in jail under the former regime of the Shah.
Source: REUTERS - MAHMOUD OSKOUI