IRAN

MP investigating abuse jokes about torture prison, live on TV

Despite months of mass unrest, dozens of deaths and alleged rape and torture at the hands of the Iranian authorities, the MPs dealing with the issues seem to find the whole thing utterly hilarious. Read more and see the video...

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Despite months of mass unrest, dozens of deaths and alleged rape and torture at the hands of the Iranian authorities, the MPs dealing with the issues seem to find the whole thing utterly hilarious.

The Iranian parliament, known as the Majlis, went to the polls on Thursday to vote on each member of President Ahmadinejad's suggested cabinet. The event was broadcast live on major TV channels and radio stations including IRIB1, Press TV, Farhang Radio and Iran Radio. As the MPs queued up to cast their ballots, some of them began making jokes about certain honourable members being too lazy or too busy chatting to get up. They then moved on to the apparently uproarious issue of fraud, referring to reports of areas where 120% of the population voted (which they blame on demographics inaccuracies). But there was one MP who took it a step too far. Kazem Jalali, who is currently leading a parliamentary investigation into human rights abuses following the June 12 election, shouted over to an opposition MP to tell him that, if he said anything about fraud at this vote, he would be sent off to the notorious Kahrizak prison in south Tehran - which he himself is currently investigating following its closure last month due to the alleged torture, rape, beating and death of detainees.  

“Please speaker, tell them to keep quiet”

Translation by Omid Habibinia. Subtitles by FRANCE 24.