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Iranian prison authorities set up prisoner to cover their own crimes

Gohardasht Prison, Karaj
Gohardasht Prison, Karaj

Reporting by PMOI/MEK


Iran, August 19, 2019—The former and current head of the security in Gohardasht Prison, Karaj, are conspiring against prisoners to hide their own crimes.

According to reports from inside Iran, these regime authorities have created a fake criminal file for Vahid Biglari, a prisoner who has been recently transferred to Ghezelhesar prison.

In January, prison guards set Biglari up and accused him of hiding a number of cellphones inside the prison. The prison guards then beat him up, and Mohammadi, the head of the prison’s security, threatened to kill him. Mohammadi also threatened to transfer Biglari to the ward of dangerous prisoners.

Mohammadi then brought several sacks of drugs and tried to force Biglari to confess that they were in his possession by torturing him. When Biglari refused to submit to Mohammadi’s coercion, Mohammadi asked him to say he had received the items from a police.

According to the report, Biglari was then transferred to solitary confinement and severely tortured. Prison authorities then created a file for him and accused him of possessing 300 grams of drugs. He was then transferred to the drug enforcement unit and was beaten for three days. His torture was so brutal that his body took several deep wounds. Prison authorities kept Biglari in solitary confinement for an entire month so that his wounds would heal and no traces would remain.

During this period, Biglari was deprived of communicating with his family without a judicial warrant.

Mohammad Biglari was then transferred to Ghezelhaesar prison in Karaj, again without any warrant.

Biglari has been behind bars for more than five years under ambiguous charges of abduction. After five years, there still isn’t a plaintiff in his case, but he continues to suffer in the Iranian regime’s prisons.