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Ward 350 Raided By 150 Guards Destroying Prisoner’s Property And Part of The Facility

More than 150 Evin prison guards, reinforced with guards from Ghezelhesar prison, raided Ward 350 at Evin prison, engaging in inspection of prisoners’ personal effects and even the destruction of the facilities, such as removing the air conditioners, the air ducts and electrical cables. They then went to the prayer room and threw Qurans on the floor and even scattered pages from some of the Qurans on the floor.

According to reports by the Kaleme website, on Thursday, more than 150 Evin prison guards, reinforced by guardsfrom Ghezelhesar prison, supervised by Colonel Aminian, (the commander of the special unit of Evin prison, and the commander of Tehran’s prison guard), along with several of the Intelligence Ministry’s operation forces, raided Ward 350 in the early morning hours while the prisoners were asleep.

After performing body searches of the prisoners, they threw them out of the Ward on the pretence of performing an inspection of the Ward. They then engaged in vandalism and destruction of the prisoner’s personal effects. They also stole prisoner’s valuables and even went so far as destruction of the facility by opening the air conditioning units, removing the air ducts and electrical cables.

In this unusual and unprecedented raid, even the prayer room was not immune from their attack. They desecrated the Quran by throwing it in the middle of the floor, and even scattered some of the pages on the floor as well.

According to this report, all of this destruction was shown to the prison authorities after the unusual raid.

Now it remains to be seen how the country’s officials (that raise their voice in high protest and cry Disrespect Of Islam every time the Quran is desecrated in other countries), will react to this blatant desecration of Quran in Evin prison.

The political prisoners, in protest of this inspection and raid, sang nationalistic anthems and chanted slogans such as “Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein”, and “Long Live Karoubi, Long Live Mousavi”.

The recent unrest at Ward 350 started when political prisoner Dr. Ali Nazeri, who was in poor health, was moved out of the prison on a stretcher and transferred to Zabol prison.

Following this action, the prisoners protested, and wrote a statement of protest. This resulted in 6 of the prisoners being moved to solitary confinement.

Source: Kaleme

Read more about the 6 prisoners in solitary confinement (here)
More information about Dr. Ali Nazari (here)


Nasrin Sotoudeh Still In Poor Physical Condition – Upset Over The Sakharov Prize Statement She Wrote

Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband Reza Khandan wrote this entry on his Facebook page tonight:

Today, along with several family members, we had a meeting (with Nasrin). Even though Nasrin is no longer on hunger strike, there is not much improvement in her physical condition since last week.

Despite the digestive problems that were predictable, she has not yet received any medical treatment. They (the officials) have not responded to our request for medical furlough.

In addition, when the subject came up of the statement she wrote for the Sakharov Prize award ceremony, she said, “I wrote that statement three days after ending my hunger strike when I was in very poor physical condition and forgot to write about many things. Including the imprisonment of Mrs. Rahnavard and Mr. Mousavi and Mr. Karroubi.”

She asked me to be sure to extend her apologies to these dear ones. She added that after she sent the statement she became aware of this important oversight and other matters as well. But unfortunately, the statement was already sent and she could not find a way to make sure these parts are added. She was very upset about this.

Reza Khandan
Sunday, December 16, 2012
8:20 PM

Source: Azadegan blog