He said he had been a highly regarded member of the force, and had so "impressed my superiors" that, at 18, "I was given the 'honor' to temporarily marry young girls before they were sentenced to death."
In the Islamic Republic it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a "wedding" ceremony is conducted the night before the execution: The young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard - essentially raped by her "husband."
"I regret that, even though the marriages were legal," he said.
Why the regret, if the marriages were "legal?"
"Because," he went on, "I could tell that the girls were more afraid of their 'wedding' night than of the execution that awaited them in the morning. And they would always fight back, so we would have to put sleeping pills in their food. By morning the girls would have an empty expression; it seemed like they were ready or wanted to die.
"I remember hearing them cry and scream after [the rape] was over," he said. "I will never forget how this one girl clawed at her own face and neck with her finger nails afterwards. She had deep scratches all over her."
Amazing how when some religious leaders hear the voice of God - Jim Jones, David Koresh, Joseph Smith, Mohammed - the voice is always giving them the Divine Right to their choice of young, nubile women to do with them as they will. Underage? No problem. Multiple wives? Yeah, baby. Rape, kill, cast aside? Whatever. And where is the western sisterhood on this one? Probably beating the bushes looking for that man who is making ten cents an hour over the similarly employed woman, that's where.
h/t Mark Styen at The Corner