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Iran: Prisoners taking footage of executions are facing threats to their lives

Outside view of execution hall of Gohardasht Prison, Karaj, west of Tehran, Iran
Outside view of execution hall of Gohardasht Prison, Karaj, west of Tehran, Iran

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Iran, Aug. 13, 2019 - Security guards of Gohardasht Prison in the city f Karaj, west of Tehran, Iran, raided the cells of prisoners who took footage of execution scenes and those involved in hangings. These prisoners were viciously attacked and transferred to unknown locations.



Members of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) were among those involved in this attack that took place early Saturday morning in the prison’s hall 5 of ward 4. Five prisoners were taken away by the attacking security forces.

The names of four of these death row prisoners are Samad Farhadi, Sadegh Hafezi, Mohammad Chahargooshe and Ali Bagheri. They were attacked by the prison’s security guards and are currently held at an undisclosed location.

The behind-the-scenes that have been video recorded date back to Wednesday, August 7, in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, including Majid Arabali, Mohammad Reza Shekari, Hossein Panjeh-Maryam and Yousef Zakeri.

Based on the prisoners’ documents, Tehran prosecutor general Mohammad Shahriari – seen in the blue suit - was personally present at the execution scene. The Gohardasht Prison warden, Bagheri, was also present and personally orders the henchmen to carry out the executions. His deputy is also at the scene. Head of the prison security, Vali Mohammadi, seen in the blue shirt, was among the security guards involved in murdering and committing hideous crimes against the defenseless prisoners.

Bagheri and Mohammadi carried out the execution and they can be seen in the footage wearing camouflage military uniforms.

Several death row prisoners were transferred inside the building and a mullah with a list of the prisoners’ names was ordering the executions. The executions of each prisoner was carried out one by one inside the building. After each execution, one prisoner – who had spent the night awaiting execution – was transferred back to the ward.

A refrigerator truck was brought to the area to transfer the dead bodies. A few ranking military officers are also seen at the site.