German Reporter Says He Was Beaten In Iran

Published February 5, 2012 4:18PM (EST)

BERLIN (AP) — A German reporter says he was beaten by guards during his nearly five months of imprisonment in Iran and that he heard constant, "horrible cries" of other inmates being tortured.

Marcus Hellwig told the Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag he was regularly beaten up during the first 10 "brutal" days in captivity until a German diplomat intervened.

It was Hellwig's first comments since being freed a year ago after German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle traveled to Tehran for a rare meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Westerwelle then brought Hellwig and his German photographer Jens Koch home.

The journalists had entered Iran on tourist visas and were arrested while interviewing the son and lawyer of a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.

By Salon Staff

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