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Iran bans Karroubi’s reformist daily

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ImageAFP: Iran's judiciary has banned defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi's reformist newspaper after it printed claims some election protesters were raped or tortured in custody.

ImageTEHRAN (AFP) — Iran's judiciary has banned defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi's reformist newspaper after it printed claims some election protesters were raped or tortured in custody.

Karroubi's son Hossein said on his father's party website on Monday that a prosecution official had ordered a "temporary ban" on the publication of Etemed Melli on Sunday.

Mehdi Karroubi has stoked the ire of the authorities with allegations that women and young boys detained in custody after the massive protests over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's June re-election had been raped.

Karroubi, a former parliament speaker who came a distant fourth in the election and is now a leading figure in the opposition, vowed on Sunday to seek the truth over the prison abuse allegations.

"But I say again that this behaviour and intimidation will not silence me and I will raise the issues I deem necessary. I will only shut up when all the dimensions of these incidents have been examined and the people are told the truth."

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