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First prisoner abuse death in Iran's post-election turmoil.

Byline: ANI

Tehran, Sep 1(ANI): If reports are to be believed it is being claimed that Mohsen Rouhalamini, the son of an adviser to defeated presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei, is the first official confirmation of a prisoner abuse death following Iran's post-election turmoil.

A medical examiner has confirmed the Rouhalamini died from beatings and poor prison conditions.

The claims have outraged many conservatives, as well as the pro-reform opposition that believes hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stole the June election through massive vote fraud.

Police had initially suggested that Rouhalamini's death while in custody was caused by meningitis, however, according to reports, a state forensic doctor has denied the suggestions in a report handed over to judicial authorities.

The report states that Rouhalamini died of "physical stress, the effects of being held in bad conditions, multiple blows and severe injuries to the body."

Earlier, Iran's hardliner regime had decided to prosecute 30 people arrested in the turbulent aftermath of the presidential election for offences against the State.

The defendants, who include former ministers in the 1997-2005 Khatami government, are accused of conspiring with foreign powers to organise unrest. (ANI)

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