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6 Exiled Political Prisoners in Ardebil Prison under Additional Pressure

Posted on: 19th March, 2017
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Abdulkarim Shah Bakhsh

HRANA News Agency – Six political-security prisoners, including five Baluch and one Arab Ahvazi citizens, in Ardabil Central prison are enduring their imprisonment in exile. These people are among the prisoners, about whom less information has been published so far.

According to the report of Human Rights News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Ardebil prison is firmly under the control and supervision of the security forces.

Political-security prisons in this prison have little contact with the outside world, which in addition to the restrictions on phone calls has been caused by distant location of these individuals from their home towns and families.

In light of these prisoners’ lack of communication with the outside world, political-security prisoners in this prison have been targeted to numerous cases of ill-treatment, and have been beaten by the prison guards or by other prisoners at the instigation of or demand of prison officials.

The latest example of this abuse was done systematically about Mohammad Saber Malek Raeisi that led to his protesting hunger strike for several weeks.

At the moment, the identity of six political or security prisoners who have been exiled to Ardebil prison, including five Baluch civilians and one Arab citizen, have been established by HRANA as follows:

Ali Pazhgol son of Saleh/Born in 1991/Sentenced to 16 years imprisonment in exile/Arrested on December 14, 2010/Accused of acting against the national security through cooperation with Baluch opposition groups, (he has experienced 9 months solitary confinement at the Intelligence Office).

Nour Ahmad Hassan Zehi son of Mohammad/Born in 1986/Sentenced to 26 years imprisonment in exile/Arrested on March 15, 2011/Accused of acting against the national security through cooperation with Baluch opposition groups, (he has experienced 9 months solitary confinement at the Intelligence Office).

Abdulkarim Shah Bakhsh son of Mohammad/Born in 1961/Sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in exile/Arrest date unknown/Accused of acting against the national security through cooperation with Baluch opposition groups.

Maher Kabi son of Rahim/Born in 1992/Sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in exile/Arrested on February 7, 2012/ Accused of being a member of the Ahwazi Liberation Organization and his role in the April 15 protests in Ahvaz.

Shir Ahmad Shirani son of Chaker/Born in 1983/Sentenced to 22 years imprisonment in exile/ Arrested on June 3, 2010/Accused of acting against the national security.

Mohammad Saber Malek Raeisi son of Da’dali/Born in 1991/sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in exile/Arrested in September 2009/Accused of acting against the national security through cooperation with Baluch opposition groups, (he was arrested at the age of 17 and has experienced 2 years solitary confinement at the Intelligence Office).

It should be noted, three other Arab prisoners called; Shahab Abbasi, Hadi Albokhanfarnezhad and Sami Jadmavi, who had been sentenced to three years imprisonment in exile in Ardebil prison, by the Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz, were held in this prison, but at the moment there is no new information about them.

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