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Doctor died while assisting inquiry into deaths in Iranian detention centre

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 31 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5673
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    An Iranian prison doctor who spoke out against the suspicious deaths of a number of prisoners in detention has himself died in what seem to be mysterious circumstances.

    Ramin Pourandarjani, a 26 year old physician who was working as a prison doctor during his compulsory military service, died on 10 November at Tehran’s police headquarters. His death has officially been attributed to suicide, but this claim has been disputed by his family. Doctors’ and human rights groups are calling for a full inquiry because Dr Pourandarjani had allegedly received death threats to deter him from revealing the extent of the abuses that he had observed.

    Physicians for Human Rights, Amnesty International, and the International …

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