13-year-old killed under torture for carrying 20 liters of gasoline
Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Hossein Zolfaghari, deputy interior minister in Rouhani’s cabinet, has described news about the slaughter of impoverished porters in Iran as "misleading."
Referring to the porters as "smugglers", Zolfaghari callously said: "Those who are shot at are not porters. The issue of porters is different from smugglers. At night, there are people busy smuggling in the mountains. Border guards order them to stop. When they pay no attention, bullets are fired into the air, however, sometimes they don’t care again. Police, border guards and the Supreme National Security Council have emphasized that if possible the people should not be shot at, but that if this did occur, it should be done with minimal damage" (state-run ILNA news agency, November 5). Zolfaghari was previously a commander of the border police and was directly involved in the killing of a large number of border porters.