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Wednesday, March 3, 1999 Published at 17:03 GMT


World: Middle East

Senior Iranian police chief charged with torture


The head of Iranian police intelligence, and ten of his men, are to be tried on charges of torture.

The Iranian news agency said that Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi would go on trial in May, following complaints of mistreatment by suspects detained during the investigation against the former mayor of Tehran, Gholamhossein Karbaschi.

The investigation was said to have been ordered by the head of the judiciary, on direct instructions from President Mohammad Khatami.

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