(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The US said here Friday that it is "appalled" over reports that Iranian authorities tortured and killed an activist during prison interrogation.
State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement "we are appalled by reports that Iranian authorities tortured and killed blogger and activist Sattar Beheshti during a prison interrogation." Besheshti had been arrested "for a crime no greater than expressing his political opinion online."
Nuland stressed "we join the international community in demanding the Iranian government investigate this murder, hold accountable those responsible for Beheshti's arrest, torture, and killing, and immediately cease all reported harassment of Beheshti's family.
" She noted "we extend condolences to Beheshti's family in their time of grief, as well as to the families of all Iranians who have been falsely accused, illegally detained, or wrongly killed at the hands of a brutal and hypocritical regime.
" Beheshti is "just one of thousands of victims of the Iranian government's campaign of violent repression and efforts to curtail basic freedoms at all costs," she remarked.
She affirmed "we will continue to stand with the Iranian people and condemn the abuses against Beheshti and countless others."