Growing Pressure on Sunni Prisoners in Dizel Abad Prison of Kermanshah

Posted on: 9th February, 2018
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HRANA News Agency – Six Sunni prisoners in Dizel Abad prison of Kermanshah, who had been on hunger strike some time ago, to protest against their exile to the infected prisoners ward, were again threatened by prison officials with repeating the former procedure. These prisoners say practicing their religion has caused the authorities to react and increase pressure.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), sixth Sunni prisoner in Dizel Abad Prison in Kermanshah who have been sentenced in separate cases to imprisonment due to their peaceful activities, have faced increasing pressure and harassment in prison.

Omid Khaki, Ahmad Sadeqi, Mohammad Bazani, Yousef Moradi, Abdullah (Kak Bara) Soleimani and Teimur Mirzai are the identities of these prisoners.

A source close to the mentioned detainees told HRANA’s reporter: “These prisoners went on hunger strike in September after they were deported from their ward to the infected prisoners’ ward of Dizel Abad without a specific explanation. The strike continued for a long time and eventually ended with transferring of a number of them. However, in recent days, prison authorities along with the cases’ interrogators went to their ward and threatened those who were out of the infected ward, to re-exile them to this ward and threatened a number of others that are currently in the infected prisoners ward with increasing restrictions”.

This informed source, regarding the reason of increasing pressure, said: “There is no obvious reason, but after the attack that took place in Tehran, the situation became harder for these prisoners, although some of them are serving the last months of imprisonment, but they were told that there would not be any amnesty and leave due to what happened in Tehran. These people act merely on their religious orders, but prison authorities do not accept even their religious rituals”.

Most of these prisoners have been detained in separate cases due to religious propaganda activities and have been convicted of different timing with various charges.

Omid Khaki, son of Hassan, was arrested about 10 months ago and sentenced to 4 years in prison, by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court of Kermanshah. He is now in the public ward (Patients with infection and Aids). Before moving to Dizel Abad Prison, Mr. Khaki had spent some time at the Intelligence Detention Center at Oil Square in Kermanshah.

Teimur Mirzai, son of Mahmoud, is another prisoner who faces increasing pressure. He was tried in Branch 2 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court 18 months ago and was sentenced to 31 months imprisonment. The prisoner is now in the public ward (Patients with infection and Aids).

Abdullah Soleimani (Kak Bara Soleimani) son of Mustafa, from Javanrood, is the third prisoner of the group who was arrested two years ago and has spent 15 months in solitary confinement in Dizel Abad prison. He is now in the general ward of this prison and was sentenced by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court to 44 months imprisonment.

Mr. Soleimani spent 15 months in solitary confinement at the Ministry of Intelligence detention center in Kermanshah and spent 6 months in Ward 10 of Dizel Abad Prison. The prisoner has 22 months until the end of his imprisonment sentence.

Youssef Moradi is a resident in the city of Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermanshah Province who was arrested in 2014 and was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court of Kermanshah.

Mr. Moradi was previously arrested in 2012 and was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment by Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court under the chairmanship of Judge Moghiseh, who was arrested about one year after the termination of his term of imprisonment. He had spent some time of his conviction in Hall 10 of Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj.

Ahmad Sadeghi, son of Mohammad, the fifth prisoner from the group mentioned in this report, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court of Kermanshah about 7 months ago.

Mohammad Bazani, son of Hussein, is another prisoner accused of committing murder. He has been threatened with exile to the infected prisoners’ ward due to his religious orientations and relationship with Sunni prisoners. The prisoner, from Javanroud, has been in prison since 9 years ago.