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Iran to retry police chief on torture charges-paper
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posted January 03, 2001 09:29
TEHRAN, Jan 1 (Reuters) - An Iranian court was due on Monday to start the retrial on torture charges of a police chief sentenced to jail then acquitted on appeal, the Hambastegi newspaper said.
It said former national police intelligence and security chief Gholamreza Naqdi and three of his officers were to be tried on charges of ordering torture, ordering unlawful detention in solitary confinement and whipping prisoners.
Naqdi was cleared of torture charges in the original trial, but sentenced to eight months in jail for slander and illegal interference in a corruption scandal in the Tehran municipality in 1997.
The junior officers were convicted of using force to extract confessions from the group of Tehran district mayors detained in the graft case.
The Naqdi case was the first prosecution on torture charges against the conservative-run police since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
But the appeals court reduced the sentences, then the supreme court overturned the convictions and ordered a retrial.
The original prosecution of Naqdi came after direct intervention by moderate president Mohammad Khatami, who has advocated the rule of law since his election in 1997.
All times are PT (US)
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