Iranian student on death row says tortured-papers
TEHRAN, Iran, March 1 (Reuters) - An Iranian student sentenced to death for his alleged role in unrest last July has said he was tortured during his detention, newspapers reported on Wednesday.
"I was beaten up right after being arrested and at different times they would hang me and beat the soles of my feet with cables," Akbar Mohammadi said in a letter published in the reformist daily Arya.
"Repeated kicks and punches in the face and body have left me with hearing difficulties...and I now suffer from kidney problems," said the letter addressed to judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi.
"My friend Ataollah Moradi arrested with me...was whipped in my presence...to confess," Mohammadi said.
Mohammadi said he was denied hospitalisation for his kidney problems even though a prison physician recommended it.
He was charged with using petrol bombs during six days of unrest in July after police and hard-liners attacked student dormitories following a peaceful pro-democracy demonstration.
The unrest was the worst in Iran since the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution. Around 1,500 people were arrested in Tehran and the northwestern city of Tabriz, many of whom remain in prison.
Public criticism of the feared secret police has become more common in the freer atmosphere under reformist President Mohammad Khatami, who took office in 1997.
Tehran's former police chief and 19 other policemen went on trial this week over the attack on the student dormitories.