Behnam Ebrahimzadeh Exiled to ‘Dangerous Prisoners” Ward

Posted on: 30th March, 2017
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HRANA News Agency – Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, imprisoned labor activist in Rajai Shahr prison, was exiled to the ward of “dangerous prisoners” by order of the prison director.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRANA), Behnam Ebrahimzadeh was deported to Hall 35 of ward 10, by order of Daryoush Amirian, the director of the prison on December 26, 2016.

A source close to Mr. Ebrahimzadeh with announcing that the prisoner has given an ultimatum that he would go on hunger strike because of the lack of security, told HRANA’s reporter: “This hall is one of the halls in Rajai Shahr prison where in terms of health standards is so low, and the prisoners with AIDS and hepatitis, as well as dangerous prisoners are held there”.

Regarding the reason for this exile, the informed source added: “It is a while that some revelations have been made regarding the drug smuggling into Rajai Shahr prison with prison authorities’ collaboration, including the prison director, Daryoush Amirian, and the prison authorities suspect that Mr. Ebrahimzadeh has done this, and they tried to make him deny this news by threatening him. However, he refused to do so.”

A source close to the family of this labor activist, expressed their concern about this transfer and lack of safety and at the end said: “Mr. Amirian has called Mr. Ebrahimzade to the ward office (Gates Hall) of ward 2 and repeated his request and when he refused to do that, he immediately wrote an order to exile him to Hall 35 of ward 10.”

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, labor activist born in 1977, was arrested for the first time on charges of graffiti and propaganda in Oshnavieh, in 2008.

Mr. Ebrahimzadeh was arrested for the second time in 2009 on the International Workers’ Day, along with a group of civil activists in Laleh Park in Tehran and was released on the bail after a month.

For the third time he was arrested on May 23, 2010. He was for 4 months in solitary confinement in Evin prison and was interrogated and then he was transferred to ward 350 of Evin Prison.

Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided over by Judge Salvati, in a short trial and without presence of a lawyer; sentenced him to twenty years imprisonment, the sentence was reduced on appeal to five years.

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh was beaten during the attack to ward 350 of Evin prison by prison guards, known as “Black Thursday”, and was transferred to solitary confinement in ward 240 for 15 days.

He was transferred to solitary confinement in Ward 209 in May 2015, and later he was illegally exiled to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj.

Ebrahimzadeh is suffering from a slipped disc and arthritis of the neck and the efforts have not been successful in the treatment of the disease in prison. Nima, his son, has cancer and his family says that, because of Nima’s condition, difficulties in traveling and financial restrictions they are not able to visit him weekly.

Mr. Ebrahimzadeh has been repeatedly harassed and moved from one ward to another, and he was enduring his imprisonment in ward two known as “Darol-Quran” in Rajai Shahr prison without respecting the principle of separation of offenses.

While, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh’s five years imprisonment sentence ended, an appeal court reduced his new sentence from 9 and a half years imprisonment to 7 years and 10 months and 15 days, also a fine of 4,500,000 IRR, on August 1, 2015. He is charged with “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against internal and external security” and propaganda against the regime.

The sentence has been issued because of his activities in prison, when he was enduring his 5-year imprisonment sentence.

In addition, charges of “violation of detention order” and “using satellite equipment and game cards” were also part of the charges against the jailed worker. All of these charges were applied while he was in prison.

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