Iran’s president orders investigation into torture claim

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered an investigation into claims by a mill workers representative that he was tortured while in detention.

Hessamoddin Ashena , an adviser to Rouhani, wrote on his Telegram account that the president ordered a probe into the claim of violence against Esmail Bakhshi.

Earlier on Friday, Bakhshi, a representative of workers of a sugar cane mill in southwestern Iran, wrote on his Instagram page that he was beaten and tortured when he was in detention for nearly a month in November.

Iran detained four workers including Bakhshi when they protested not having been paid their salaries for months.

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Iran is in the grip of an economic crisis and has seen sporadic protests in recent months.

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