Baghdad Post, Jan. 21, 2018 - While going through its last throes, with signs of regime change on the horizon, the Mullah regime has begun to take foolish measures to cover up its crimes against protesters, who have taken to the streets since December 28th.
One of these measures is giving detained protesters deadly pills that make them sick then cause their death. By doing so, Tehran believes it will not be held accountable for its heinous crimes, as it will claim that those protesters have committed suicide.
Tehran MP Mahmoud Sadeghi revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that a protester who died in custody had confided to his family that inmates were forced to take pills that made them sick.
“Relatives of a prisoner, who later died behind bars, have announced that he had told them on several telephone conversations that the officials of the prison forced him and other prisoners to take pills that made them sick,” he wrote.
According to human rights activists and sources, three to five prisoners who had participated in the recent widespread protests against Iran’s regime and its leaders, have been killed in custody.
However, Iranian officials insist that only two of the detainees died behind bars after committing suicide. They also maintained that the two were drug addicts and had been arrested for their involvement in distributing narcotics.
According human rights organizations, the latest crimes, committed by the Mullah regime, are unprecedented. They also called for addressing this issue as soon as possible as the lives of over 4,000 detained protesters are in danger.
The demonstrations, which began over economic hardships in late December, spread to more than 80 cities and towns and resulted in 25 deaths.
Demonstrators initially vented their anger over high prices and alleged corruption, but the protests took on a rare political dimension, with a growing number of people calling on the Iranian Mullahs' regime leader Ali Khamenei to step down.
Judicial officials have announced more than 1,000 arrests around the country, but lawmaker Sadeghi said last week that at least 3,700 people had been detained.
Several detainees have died in custody, and human rights activists have called for an independent investigation of their cases.
Last week, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called out Iran for its reported torturing and killing of anti-government protesters, and said the Trump administration is "deeply concerned" that thousands of these protesters have been imprisoned by the regime.
"Further reports that the regime has tortured or killed some of these demonstrators while in detention are even more disturbing," Sanders said.
"We will not remain silent as the Iranian dictatorship represses the basic rights of its citizens and will hold Iran's leaders accountable for any violations," she added. "The protesters in Iran are expressing legitimate grievances, including demanding an end to their government's oppression, corruption, and waste of national resources on military adventurism."
Sanders' statement came after US President Donald Trump warned over the weekend that the US would be watching "very closely" for human rights violations in Iran, as that country's people continue protesting their government.
"Iran's regime claims to support democracy, but when its own people express their aspirations for better lives and an end to injustice, it once again shows its true brutal nature," she said. "The United States calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Iran, including the victims of the most recent crackdown."
Many MPs said they were increasingly concerned over the number of detained protesters who had been killed in notorious Iranian prisons.
The Iranian authorities have to answer questions about the fate of a sixth protester reported to be killed while he was in one of the prisons in Mazandaran Province, Parvaneh Salahshour, a Tehran MP, said.
Every day we receive news that one detained protester has been killed, she noted, adding that MPs have decided to pay visits to prisons in different Iranian cities as soon as possible.