Tag Archives: Solitary Confinement

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)

Six Ward 350 Political Prisoners Moved To Solitary Confinement

On Wednesday July 17, Ward 350 political prisoners Siyamak Ghaderi, Amir Khosro Dalirsani, Houtan Doulati, Nader Babaei, Mohamad Ebrahimi and Saeed Matinpour were moved to solitary confinement in Ward 240 of Evin prison.

This action by Evin prison authorities was taken following the protests that took place in Ward 350 over the unexpected transfer of Dr. Ali Nazari to Zabol prison.

The poor state of Dr. Nazari’s health condition while he unexpectedly was transferred on a stretcher out of Evin prison angered the political prisoners. They protested by singing anthems and chanting slogans such as, “Death to the dictator” and “Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein”.

The transfer of these prisoners to solitary confinement in a manner that was deceptive, and after being summoned to Evin Court, was on the direct order of Tehran’s district attorney.

Moving these six prisoners to solitary confinement took place while 44 political prisoners in response to the illegal transfer of Dr. Nazeri in a statement wrote: “We wish the authorities that, by their acts are themselves responsible for our country’s current plight, who must have seen the people’s reactions to their actions, both before and after the election, would, rather than continuing the past approach and continue to hold spite against the people, would heed the people’s demands and opinions, and compensate for their past actions.

Source: Kaleme

More information about the transfer of Dr. Nazari and the statement by 44 political prisoners (here)

10 Political Prisoners In Solitary Confinement Have Launched A Hunger Strike

10 political prisoners incarcerated in solitary confinement in Evin Ward 240 have launched a hunger strike following the prison officials’ failure to fulfill their promise to return them to the General Ward 350.

Incarcerated in solitary confinement and demanding to be returned to Ward 350, the following prisoners have launched an open ended hunger strike.

1 – Saeed Madani
2 – Abdollah Momeni
3 – Abolfazl Abedini Nasr
4 – Siyamak Ghaderi
5 – Amir Khosro Dalirsani
6 – Mohamad Hassan Yousefpour Seifi
7 – Saeed Abedini
8 – Kamran Ayazi
9 – Mohamad Ebrahimi
10-Poriya Ebrahimi

Following the transfer of these 10 political prisoners to solitary confinement on Sunday April 28, they had announced they would launch a hunger strike. But due to requests from their fellow prisoners and promises made by the officials, had delayed the launch of their hunger strike. However, due to failure of the officials to keep their promise to move them back to Ward 350, they started their hunger strike as of Monday night.

Reports indicate that these 10 prisoners are in complete isolation and are deprived of basic rights and recess time outside of their cell.

On Monday, the regular visitation day, the families of these prisoners were denied visits with them. Also on Monday, political prisoner Mohamad Amin Hadavi, in protest of the treatment of the 10 prisoners. refused to go to the visitation room .

According to reports, some of these prisoners are in poor health condition:
Saeed Madani is in need of gallbladder surgery.
Abdollah Momeni is suffering from kidney, gums and teeth problems.
Abolfazl Abedini Nasr is suffering from kidney and heart condition.
Saeed Abedini is suffering from gastrointestinal and digestive problems.
Mohamad Ebrahimi has a lung problem.

These prisoners have remained in solitary confinement since April 28, and the Deputy Warden, Javad Momeni, has made additional threats against them. Also, the Judiciary officials have told the wife of Abdollah Momeni that these prisoners will remain in solitary for 20 days.

Source: Kaleme

Protest At Ward 350, Special Guards Units Sent To The Ward, 10 Prisoners Sent To Solitary Confinement

After tension broke out at Ward 350 of Evin prison, special guards units were sent to the ward and 10 political prisoners were moved to Ward 240 solitary confinement on the direct order of Tehran Prosecutor General.

Political prisoners Saeed Madani, Abdollah Momeni, Abolfazl Abedini Nasr, Siyamak Ghaderi, Amir Khosro Dalirsani, Mohamad Hassan Yousefpour Seifi, Saeed Abedini, Kamran Ayazi, Mohamad Ebrahimi and Poriya Ebrahimi were all moved to solitary confinement after protesting the Deputy Warden demanding the dismissal of Saeed Madani as the representative of Ward 350 political prisoners.

Following this illegal demand by the Deputy Warden, prisoners protesting this illegal order, and in support of their chosen representative, chanted slogans and sang anthems in the public area of the Ward.

The prisoners were demanding the dismissal of Deputy Warden Momeni, and halting of his interference with the Ward 350 affairs.

Also, the prisoners’ chanting of “Death to the dictator” resulted in the Special Units guards being sent to the Ward and threats made against the prisoners

In recent weeks, Ward 350 prisoners’ representative, Saeed Madani had voiced prisoners’ complaints regarding the inappropriate treatment of prisoners, the state of the prison store, it’s financial mismanagement and irregularities, and repeated insults by officials in the visiting room.

According to the latest report, these ten political prisoners, in addition to being placed in solitary confinement, are now also banned from visits. These prisoners have threatened to launch a hunger strike if the situation is not remedied.

All other political prisoners have also threatened to stop going to the visiting room if this situation continues as is.

The Prosecutor General’s representative and officials from the Intelligence Ministry were present at the meeting between the prisoners’ representatives and the prison officials and explicitly said that the Prosecutor had ordered the protesting prisoners be punished.

Source: Kaleme

Regime Critic Blogger, Dr. Mehdi Khazali Continues To Be On Hunger Strike In Solitary Confinement

After more than two months of detention, Dr. Mehdi Khazali was transferred back to Evin Ward 209 solitary confinement 10 days ago for the second time and continues his hunger strike.

According to Kalameh, more than two months after his latest arrest during the raid on the Writers Association meeting, pressure continues on this political prisoner, his family and friends.

Mehdi Khazali, on day 10 of his hunger strike, has lost a considerable amount of weight and is in poor health.

Previously, due to officials’ promise to release his fellow detainees, Dr. Khazali halted his hunger strike. But, he re-launched the hunger strike in protest of his transfer back to solitary confinement, and in protest against the continued illegal behavior by interrogators and the judicial institutions.

Currently, the summons and interrogation of people who have been in contact with the Dr. Khazali continues, forcing them to give an affidavit of promise to not have any contact with this political prisoner.

Kalameh had previously reported that Dr. Khazali’s children had been summoned to court and questioned.

The court has issued an injunction prohibiting the legal pursuit of Dr. Khazali’s daughter who was summoned earlier. However, the Judiciary has not yet made a decision regarding his wife and his brother who were also summoned.

Mehdi Khazali, who had previously launched a hunger strike protesting the illegal conduct of the Judiciary and the restrictions placed on him, decided to launch another hunger strike against the non-release of his fellow detainees, and his illegal transfer back to Ward 209 solitary confinement.

He halted his previous hunger strike with the officials’ promise of releasing his fellow detainees. He was then transferred to the General Ward 350, but without any explanation, he was transferred back to solitary confinement 10 days ago.

More than two months have passed since the latest arrest of this regime critic and political activist, and it seems pressure on the family and friends of Dr. Khazali is an effort to further isolate this political prisoner.

Dr. Mehdi Khazali, born in 1965, is a blogger, an ophthalmologist, Director of Hayan publishing and founder of Abasaleh Cultural Institute and Publishing.

Mehdi Khazali is the son of the hard-line cleric member of the Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Khazali.

He was arrested after criticizing the government sponsored march of 13 Aban (November 3, 2012) and asking the people to protest the current situation. This is Dr. Khazali’s sixth arrest in the past three years.

The Melli-Mazhabi site is also reporting Great efforts by the intelligence apparatuses to intensify pressure to further isolate Dr. Khazali.

According to reports received by Melli-Mazhabi site, the intelligence apparatuses are trying to stop any news from Dr. Khazali be published so they can further put him under pressure to keep silence and stop his criticism of the regime.

Source: Kalameh MelliMazhabi