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Iranian jails to be monitored by cameras

The Iranian police force has announced plans to set up a monitoring system in jails to prevent inappropriate treatment of detainees.

“The jail monitoring system will allow better control over the facilities,” Iranian Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam told reporters in the northeastern city of Mashhad on Tuesday afternoon.

“It will also prevent the ill-treatment of detainees and help us standardize the conduct of our staff,” Ahmadi-Moqaddam explained.

The police commander also said that the monitoring system would become operational no later than March 2011, when the cameras are due to be installed.

He added that the system would allow jails across the country to be placed under the constant supervision of a monitoring center in the capital, Tehran.

Ahmadi-Moqaddam pointed out that the police had already set up a citizens’ rights committee to ensure that the rights of detainees are not violated during detention or interrogation procedures.

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