Report: Iran Court Clears Top Cop
Jul. 10, 1999
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ An Iranian court cleared a senior police official of torture charges but sentenced him to eight months in jail on lesser counts, according to a news report Saturday.
The court acquitted Gholamreza Naqdi, head of intelligence of the national police on charges of torturing senior municipality officials detained in a graft case.
But it said he was guilty of ``disobedience of military rules'' and ``insulting the accused,'' the Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored in Dubai, reported.
The trial was conducted in a Tehran military court.
The case was a sequel to the widely-reported allegations of security police abuse that emerged during the high-profile trial of the mayor of Tehran, Gholamhossein Karbaschi, last year.
Karbaschi, who was convicted of embezzling public funds, testified in court that some of his associates were kept in solitary confinement for 50 days and whipped and beaten so badly that they could not walk unassisted.
A number of municipal officials corroborated his testimony.