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Political Prisoners Kept along with Death Row Prisoners in Rajai Shahr Prison

Posted on: 5th May, 2016
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Ahmad Karimi Rajai-Shahr Prison in Karaj, Tehran, Iran

HRANA News Agency – Despite repeated claims of the prisons and security officials of addressing the principle of separation of prisoners on the base of their crimes in prisons, a large number of political or security prisoners have been exiled to Rajai Shahr prison where is the whereabouts of prisoners of violent crimes, a batch of prisoners who are kept separate from other political prisoners in the prison suffer more than the others. At least 20 prisoners in the prison are kept out of the dedicated place to political prisoners and with lots of problems.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the Department of Prisons claimed to address the principle of separation of prisoners on the base of their crimes in Iran’s prisons. According to the head of the Department, the country’s prisons have general classification, for example Rajai Shahr prison belongs to prisoners of violent crimes and Tehran prison belongs to prisoners on charge of theft crimes, also the Department claimed to address this principle inside the wards, too.

Despite passing many years of these claims, a large number of political and security prisoners have been exiled to Rajai Shahr. In addition to the exile of political prisoners to a prison where is the whereabouts of prisoners of violent crime is a negation of the principle of separation of crimes, a lot of conscience and security prisoners are kept in different halls, deliberately with the aim of limiting them and increasing pressure on them. This has caused additional suffering of exiled political prisoners in this prison.

The following report contains details of 20 detected political-security prisoners in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj who are kept in ordinary wards by the decision of the prison authorities.

A number of political prisoners serve their sentences along with death row prisoners on charges of violent crimes, including kidnapping, rape or murder

Exiled prisoners in other wards of Rajai Shahr, in addition to the double suffering because of overcrowding and health conditions, has been beaten repeatedly by the prisoners. They have repeatedly protested to be transferred to the political prisoners’ ward but each time it was unsuccessful.

Many believe that this is done by the decision of the head of the prison.

The following list includes the exiled prisoners with the names of their wards:

Ward number one

More than 400 prisoners on death row are in the ward where two political prisoners named “Yasser Hamidi Shahrabi” and “Mehdi Azimi” both imprisoned on charge of “blasphemy” ” and sentenced to two and a half years in prison are kept in the ward.

Ward number two

In ward two (Darolquran) along with nearly one hundred death row prisoners, political-security prisoners “Ali Mashhadi,” on charge of “gathering and colluding” with the sentence of four years in prison, “Reza Kahe” and “Nasser Mohammad” on security charges, are being kept, too.

Ward number three

In this ward, at least 200 death row prisoners on violent crimes charges such as murder and kidnapping are kept. “Iraj Hatami” on security charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison, “Ali Akbar Ardeshir” on charge of “gathering and colluding” with the sentence of 5 years imprisonment, “Ardeshir Shahnawaz” on charge of “gathering and colluding” with the sentence of 5 years imprisonment are being kept in this ward.

Ward number ten

Previously, this ward had been used for offenders sentenced to less than one year but recently in addition to political prisoners, the number of death row prisoners on violent offenses were transferred there. The List of political prisoners in this ward is as follows:

“Arjang Davoudi” on charge of “supporting the MEK” in the last case sentenced of 5 years imprisonment and exile to Zabol Prison.

“Behnam Ebrahimzadeh,” on charges of “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against internal and external security” and “propaganda against the system” with sentence of 7 years, 10 months and 15 days imprisonment.

“Sohail Babadi” on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security and insulting the Leader” with the sentence of 12 years.

“Ebrahim Firuzi” on charge of “evangelism” with the sentence of 5 years in prison.

“Ahmad Karimi” on charge of “association with the Kingdom Assembly of Iran” with the sentence of 15 years in prison.

“Farid Azmodeh” on security charges with the sentence of 5 years in prison.

“Behzad Tarahomi” on security charges with the sentence of 5 years in prison.

“Alireza Farahani” on security charges with the sentence of 5 years in prison.

“Hadi Iqbal”, on charges of “insulting the Supreme Leader and insulting the president and propaganda against the system” with the sentence of eight and half years in prison.

It is also said that in this ward a number of the supporters of Mohammad Ali Taheri, founder of Erfan Halgheh are being kept, too.

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