A new twist on the Qur’anically prescribed requirement of four witnesses (4:15, 24:4, 24:6, and 24:13) to “prove” a sexual offense. So many aspects of Sharia, including this one, are illogical and unjust when followed conventionally, but as such, they also provide ample opportunities for additional, imaginative forms of abuse by corrupt, unaccountable authorities.
“Iran’s Mousavi says government agents raped detainees,” from Reuters, August 18:
TEHRAN (Reuters) — Opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi accused “establishment agents” of raping and abusing detainees imprisoned after Iran’s June presidential vote and urged the powerful clerics to do their duty and speak out.
“They (authorities) asked those who were abused and raped in prisons, to present four witnesses (to prove their claim)… Those who committed the crimes were the establishment’s agents,” Mousavi said in a letter to reformist leader Mehdi Karoubi, the reformist mowjcamp.com website reported.
“They were threatening detainees to keep silent … it is not possible to appease the suppressed people by using money and force,” Mousavi said.
In a forthright declaration that puts the Islamic republic’s influential top clerics on the spot, Mousavi demanded that they step in and pass judgment on a growing political scandal….