Fresh protests claim more victims in southern Iran

File photo showing protest in Iran (AFP)
Updated 17 May 2018
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Fresh protests claim more victims in southern Iran

  • Residents of Kazroon have staged several demonstrations to protest new administrative changes.
  • One person was killed and six others injured in a crackdown on protesters.

LONDON: At least one person was killed in Iran's southern city of Kazeroon when protesters set fire to a police station, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday.
Fars said the protest on Wednesday night had left at least one dead and at least six others wounded. Kazeroon has witnessed protests in recent months against a decision to split the province administratively. Videos of the protests were widely circulated Wednesday on social media.

Tehran government officials announced recently that they have withdrawn projects to redraw the administrative map of some regions acoording to Fars news agency. Calm had returned to Kazeroom for 2 weeks according to the Iranian semi official news agency until the Wednesday incidents. The protests in Kazeroom are the last in a string of protests that hit Iran mainly complaining about the high cost of living in the country.


Six Egyptian policemen charged with torturing prisoner to death

Updated 7 min 33 sec ago
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Six Egyptian policemen charged with torturing prisoner to death

  • Prosecutors alleged the officers tortured a young man accused of robbery to death
  • Rights groups have regularly denounced the security forces over the alleged widespread use of torture

CAIRO: Six Egyptian policemen were charged Sunday with torturing a prisoner to death, state media reported, a rare case against law enforcement over alleged abuses in custody.
Prosecutors alleged the officers tortured a young man accused of robbery to death in June at a police station in Cairo after conducting an autopsy on the body, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram said.
Rights groups have regularly denounced the security forces under President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi over the alleged widespread use of torture.
The authorities insist that there are no state-sanctioned abuses carried out by law enforcement, and that any cases are down to individual officers.
In May, an appeal court acquitted two police officers who had been jailed for allegedly beating to death a detained lawyer in 2015.
The two officers had been sentenced to five years prison for torturing and beating Karim Hamdi to death in a Cairo police station after a pro-Islamist protest.