Shahram Chiniyan Miandavab beaten and placed in solitary

HRANA News Agency – Shahram Chiniyan Miandavab, a Bahai shopkeeper from Tehran who is serving an 8-year sentence, and who is held in block 1 of Rajai Shahr prison, which is reserved for dangerous prisoners, was placed in solitary confinement on August 19.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA),  he was moved to the block for dangerous prisoners late in May, 2014: before that he was held with the prisoners of conscience in block 12.

A fellow-prisoner has reported that Mr. Chiniyan was beaten by Mr. Amirian and a number of prison guards, and his clothes were torn. The prison Director. Mr. Mardani, decided unilaterally to move him to solitary confinement.

Mr. Chiniyan was first arrested in March 2009 and released on March 3, 2010, after using his business license as bail.

He was sentenced to 70 lashes and 8 years in prison on a charge of insulting Islam, and began serving his sentence, first in Evin prison in Tehran and then in Raja’i Shahr prison, early in March, 2012.

It appears that the accusation of insulting Islam was raised by his neighbour, following a legal dispute regarding the use of a right of way.

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