Orumieh – On Monday around 2:00 pm, the head of the prison, the head of prison security, internal affairs director of the prison, along with 30 agents from Intelligence Ministry including the deputy General Director of the Intelligence Bureau of West Azerbaijan Province raided ward 12, took the clothing of some prisoners off, dragged them to the yard and started to beat and offend them.
In this organized raid, the political prisoners who are on hunger strike (in protest to the execution of Hossein Khezri) and were already in poor physical condition were severely injured. In addition, all the prisoners’ belongings were smashed and their notes and diaries were confiscated.
It should also be mentioned that after the announcement of the hunger strike by the prisoners, they were cut off from the outside world and their families are not allowed to call. They are also not allowed to have any contact or dialogue with other prisoners.
Note: 10 political prisoners are on hunger strike now at Orumieh’s prison.
Karaj – On Jan. 20th, the youths who had protested against the inhumane conditions of Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) Prison were attacked by the prison’s Pasdarans (IRGC members) and guards, taken to the main corridor of the prison and beaten with batons for a lengthy period of time. The officer on duty, Alizadeh, was taunting them while they were getting beaten and said: “did you get your lesson not to even think of protesting!”
This vicious raid and group torturing was conducted under the supervision of Ali Haj Kazem (the head of the prison), Ali Mohammadi (deputy to Kazem) and Faraji (head of prison’s intelligence).
The youths were transferred on Wednesday, Jan. 19th, from saloon 12 of ward 4 to ward 3 and were kept in a cold corridor. They are between16 and 20 years old, and they are kept amongst prisoners more than 40 years old. There are reports of sexual abuse of these youths already.