Iran recognises protesters dead in jail as martyrs: Report

Three anti-government protesters who died in a notorious jail have been dubbed "martyrs" by an Iranian official body, a move which would ensure benefits for their families, a report said on Wednesday.

Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010, 16:48 PM IST

Tehran: Three anti-government protesters
who died in a notorious jail have been dubbed "martyrs" by an
Iranian official body, a move which would ensure benefits for
their families, a report said on Wednesday.

Mohammad Kamrani, Amir Javadifar and Mohsen Ruholamini
have been named as "martyrs" by Iran`s Foundation of Martyrs
and Veteran Affairs, the hardline Kayhan newspaper reported.
"After the bitter events of last year`s election which
led to crimes in Kahrizak prison, the three deceased there
were pronounced as martyrs," it reported, quoting an unnamed
source from the foundation.

The family of a person declared a martyr will be
"offered various facilities in the cultural, social,
economical and welfare fields," the website of the foundation
said.

The deaths of the three men caused major embarrassment
to the Islamic republic, which after months of denial
acknowledged the protesters had died at the Kahrizak detention
centre due injuries inflicted while in custody.

Iran`s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered
the closure of Kahrizak following the reports of abuse.

In June, a military court sentenced two men to death
in connection with the deaths. Tehran`s feared ex-prosecutor
Saeed Mortazavi was held responsible in a parliamentary probe
for sending post-vote detainees to Kahrizak.

Dozens of people died in clashes with security forces
in anti-government protests which broke out in Iran, mainly in
Tehran, after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s win in a June
2009 poll which the opposition charged was rigged.

PTI