On Wednesday May 28, the suppressive guards of the central prison of Zahedan raided ward 3 of this prison, and humiliated and insulted prisoners, while destroying and stealing inmates’ property. Suppressive agents left prisoners for several hours under sunlight without the possibility of drinking water and using toilet.
Meanwhile, despite threats of henchmen, prisoners refused to attend lecture of Babaee, head of the organization of prisons of Sistan and Baluchestan province and subsequently prison guards cut all the phone lines of the wards.
The dawn of Sunday May 25, Bandar Abbas central prison riot guards attacked the prisoners and brutally beat them. Suppressive forces confiscated and took prisoners mobile phones in the raid. They also destroyed a lot of prisoners’ equipment. It has been more than a week that prisoners telephone contacts with their families have been discontinued.
Bandar Abbas prison is one of the most dreadful prisons in Iran where political and non-political prisoners are kept together. While the capacity of this prison is 300-400 people, currently approximately 3800 prisoners are jammed in of whom 500 have death sentence and 300 of those sentences have been approved by the mullahs’ Supreme Court.
A high number of prisoners have to rest in the hallways due to excessive density. There is no medication for simple illnesses and only psychotropic and methadone pills are given to patients. Food has no quality, is inadequate and tastes bitter due to excessive use of camphor. The prison store sells expired canned food three times the price it is sold outside. This store is a mega income site for brokers and henchmen of this prison.
Water smells and tastes bad, and with power outage, water and phones are also disconnected. Environment is extremely unhealthy and full of vermin. Toiletries and personal health care products that used to be given to prisoners once every month have not been given for a long time. Light is only available until 10 P.M. Political prisoners are not allowed to leave the ward or to use the library. For 200 prisoners of this ward, only four outdated showers without doors and two toilets are available and in humid and very hot weather of Bandar Abbas, most days there is no water for showers.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 29, 2014