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What’s going on here?

According to the London-based Iranian blogger Azarmehr:

British police [Wednesday] tried to arrest Safa Einollahi as soon as he arrived to join other protesters against [former Iranian President] Khatami outside Chatham House, but other protesters fought with the police and prevented them from taking Safa away.

Safa is one of the two Iranian refugees who had applied to the Met Police to have Khatami arrested under Section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1998. This Act requires the arrest of any individual, regardless of nationality, where there is evidence that they committed, condoned or colluded with acts of torture…

Safa was arrested and detained in 1999 during the student protests in Iran. During his arrest, Safa was raped by bottle on two occasions…

In a more sinister move, the Metroplitan police also entered Safa’s house last night and interrogated him. Asking him questions like “What other friends do you have in Britain who were previously detained in Iran.”

Does anyone know more about this? Or can anyone find out more?

London police have refused to detain Khatami, saying there are”insufficient grounds” to pursue a criminal investigation against him.

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This man should not be smiling

Brett adds:

There’s more debate on this issue following Peter Tatchell’s article over at Comment Is Free.

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