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Iran: Heavy sentences for arrested protesters

Popular protests and uprising in Iran – File Photo
Popular protests and uprising in Iran – File Photo

Reported by PMOI/MEK


Iran, Oct. 17, 2018 - New reports indicate the Iranian regime’s so-called judiciary is resorting to issuing heavy sentences against protesters and political prisoners.

The regime’s courts in the city of Arak, central Iran, issued a total of six years behind bars and 444 lashes for six protesters arrested during the December/January uprising that spread to over 140 cities across the country. These individuals are facing charges such as “disrupting public order and peace by taking part in illegal rallies.”

It is worth noting that the mullahs’ regime arrested over 8,000 protesters in different cities during those protests. At least 14 of these individuals were murdered under torture and the Iranian regime repulsively claimed they committed suicide.

In other news, dozens of political prisoners of ward 12 in Urmia Central Prison launched a hunger strike protesting a vicious raid conducted by the prison’s special riot forces. Monday afternoon around 50 members of the special guards attacked the prisoners following a verbal conflict. These political prisoners were severely beaten and eight of the prisoners of conscience in the youths’ ward were also attacked.

Prison authorities attempted to force a number of the inmates out of the ward. The prison guards used batons, electric shockers and tear gas when entering ward 12. Two political prisoners by the names of Hassan Rastegari and Kamran Darvishi were transferred to solitary confinement. Rastegari was eventually returned to his ward.

An inmate by the name of Kamal Hassan Ramezan suffered a broken nose; Ahmad Tamuie suffered a broken tooth; Turaj Ismaeli was injured with a taser and Hassan Rastegari suffered severe bruises in various areas of his body, according to a source.

There is no precise information about the conditions of other political prisoners, including Hamid Rahimi and Kamran Darvishi.

With tensions escalating, all prison officials, including the Urmia Central Prison warden, the prison inspections chief and the Urmia Province counter-intelligence chief were all present outside the political prisoners’ ward. More special forces were seen entering the ward and a large number of other armed authorities were seen stationed in the prison. They left the ward hours after the quarrel and a few others were seen stationed in the prison cafeteria.

It is worth noting this is not the first case that political prisoners in Urmia Central Prison have been targets of vicious attacks by prison authorities.

On September 18th, authorities attacked inmates of ward 12, inspecting and vandalizing their belongings, and even confiscating their foodstuffs.

Kamal Hassan Ramezani is a political prisoner on death row; Ahmad Tamuie, has spent 15 years behind bars, and Othman Mostafa-Pour is serving a 35-year sentence.

On October 8th, another inmate by the name of Morteza Zohr-Ali suffered a broken right hand after being beaten by authorities.

On September 23rd, Javad Shirazi (Arash), a prisoner held in the youths’ ward, suffered a severe concussion and was hospitalized after being beaten by authorities.

In August, Saeed Seyed Abbasi was attacked by prison guards and transferred to solitary confinement despite suffering severe wounds.

In April, a prisoner by the name of Saeed Nouri was attacked by two prison guards while in the office of the prison’s internal manager.

Furthermore, with the death warrant of political prisoner Hedayat Abdullah-Pour being upheld, this Kurdish Iranian may be executed imminently. He was condemned to death back in early 2017 in an Urmia court on charges of collaborating with Kurdish forces. He is married with two children by the names of Sirvan and Kurdistan.

In other news from across Iran, the judiciary official of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province said four prisoners in the city of Yasuj, southern Iran, have been sentenced to death.