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Reports of inmates fleeing Parsilon Prison of Khorramabad, western Iran

Iran's prisons (file photo)
Iran's prisons (file photo)

Reporting by PMOI/MEK  

Iran, March 21, 2020—Complimentary reports of a riot and a number of prisoners fleeing the Parsilon Prison of Khorramabad in western Iran indicate this was a coordinated plan with people involved inside and outside the facility. Reports indicate masked individuals from the city of Kuhdasht, another city in Lorestan Province, western Iran, attacked the prison from the outside. Two or three prison guards were killed in this attack. Due to the attack from outside the prison and riots inside the facility, the prison guards were extremely terrified and lost control of the hectic situation. 

The Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement on this matter reading in part:

This afternoon, March 19, 2020, prisoners at the Parsilon Prison in Khorramabad (western Iran), who were at risk of coronavirus infection, rebelled, disarmed the guards, and escaped. Prison guards and the repressive forces opened fire on about 250 fleeing inmates and killed several of them. 

A number of prisoners ignited fires and blocked the road to prevent the repressive forces from chasing them. The IRGC is searching for the inmates across the city of Khorramabad and in the surrounding areas and has set up checkpoints in many locations. 

While the number of victims of the Coronavirus is increasing exponentially every day, hundreds of thousands of inmates in various cities are at risk of a major disaster. Despite domestic and international calls for the release of the majority of the prisoners, especially political prisoners, however, the Iranian regime is refusing to do so.

The Iranian Resistance again calls on the international community to take immediate action to secure the release of prisoners in Iran and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.

 

Regime officials have established martial law in Khorramabad and arrested several the locals following the riot in the Parsilon Prison and the successful escape of many inmates. The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have launched house-to-house searches in nearby villages in further attempts to apprehend the fleeing prisoners.

The locals of Khorramabad have opened their homes to the fleeing prisoners, and many have helped them flee by driving them out of town.

 

 

The Fars news agency, affiliated directly to the IRGC, cited Khorramabad governor Jafar Tolabi saying, “Inmates of one ward in Parsilon Prison managed to escape. Among them one prisoner was killed, and another was arrested.”

In response to a question about the number of fleeing prisoners he explained, “There is no number yet and the entire subject is under evaluation.” He further explained that authorities have launched a massive effort in this regard. “Currently the security and intelligence forces are putting in all their resources to discover the hiding place of these fleeing prisoners,” Tolabi added.

This situation is developing while there’s increasing concerns about the health conditions inside Iran’s prisons, where the coronavirus outbreak has created a humanitarian crisis. The Iranian regime is using the virus as a means to further persecute political prisoners, especially the thousands of protesters who were arrested during the November uprisings. Prison officials are avoiding to quarantine infected prisoners and are depriving prisoners of health and hygiene products. The prisoners’ families have been instructed to provide the needs of the prisoners. The Iranian resistance has called on international communities to take urgent action on the situation in the prisons and prevent the regime from committing another crime against humanity.