Sahar Beheshti Arrested; Additional Information

HRANA News Agency – Following the arrest of Sahar Beheshti and her husband, on the occasion of his dead brother’s birthday (Sattar Beheshti) on August 26, Gohar Eshghi, Sattar’s mother and a group of civil rights activists went to the police station in Robat Karim where Mohammad Mozaffari one of the activists was arrested and interrogated and abandoned after half an hour in the wilderness surrounding area. Sahar Beheshti was questioned by the judge on duty in Parand court.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on August 26, following the announcement of the birth ceremony of Sattar Beheshti, security forces surrounded his father’s house and prevented the attendants of entering the house. Also, Sahar Beheshti, sister of Sattar Beheshti and her husband, Mostafa Eslami have been arrested “while being beaten” and transferred to the police station in Robat Karim. Continue reading “Sahar Beheshti Arrested; Additional Information”

Sahar Beheshti and Her Husband Arrested Violently

HRANA News Agency – On August 26, following the announcement of the birthday ceremony of Sattar Beheshti, security forces surrounded his father’s house and prevented the attendants from entering the house. Also, Sahar Beheshti, Sattar Beheshti’s sister and her husband were arrested “while being beaten” and transferred to an unknown location.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on August 26, following the announcement of the birthday ceremony of Sattar Beheshti, security forces surrounded his father’s house and prevented the attendants from entering the house. Continue reading “Sahar Beheshti and Her Husband Arrested Violently”

The doctor who visited Sattar Beheshti is arrested

HRANA News Agency – Reza Heidarpour, the doctor of Evin prison who examined the body of Sattar Beheshti has been arrested and transferred to ward 209 on November 10.
 
According to a report by Kalameh website, Sattar Beheshti was sent to the clinic at entry of Evin prison and the reports of beatings and torture was inserted in his case by this doctor. Continue reading “The doctor who visited Sattar Beheshti is arrested”

The testimony of 41 political prisoners in ward 350 of Evin: Sattar Beheshti had been tortured

HRANA News Agency – According to reports published by media outlets, Sattar Beheshti was arrested by the cyber police, a subsidiary of the nation’s security forces on October 30th 2012. On November 6th, Mr Beheshti’s family was reportedly informed of his passing, requesting that his body be collected at the Kahrizak morgue. All along, the family was threatened not to speak to anyone regarding this matter.

Give that Mr. Sattar Beheshti was at Evin’s general ward 350 from October 31st 2012 to November 1st 2012 and the detainees at this ward had therefore witnessed his painful physical and psychological condition first hand, we view it our national and religious duty to inform the honorable Iranian nation of Mr. Beheshti’s background and predicament.

Sattar Beheshti was charged as a result of his criticism of the authorities of the ruling establishment in his personal blog.  He told eye witnesses at Evin’s ward 350 that while in custody at the police headquarters, he had first been severely beaten while hanging from the ceiling and later beaten further while tied to a chair. Sometimes  he was beaten while his hands were tied and at other times he was pushed to the ground and kicked severely in the area of the head and neck by interrogators wearing army boots.  While being tortured, Beheshti was reportedly subjected to the most vulgar curses attacking his honor and his interrogators repeatedly threatened to kill him.

When arriving at Evin’s ward 350, evidence of torture was apparent throughout Sattar’s body and he was in a painful physical and psychological state. His face was scarred, his head was swollen, his wrists and arms were bruised and the effects of hanging from the ceiling were apparent on his wrists.  Bruises were also apparent on other parts of his body such as around his neck, his stomach and his back.

Despite the fact that he was barely able to write as a result of his beatings, Sattar nevertheless filed a short complaint to the authorities of Evin’s ward 350, describing his condition and the manner in which he had been treated at the hands of the security agents, demanding that they follow up on his case.

Given that his physical condition was far from normal, Sattar was taken to the prison infirmary on two occasions where the physician at the infirmary was also able to witness his condition first hand.

On November 1st, 2011, Sattar a young and true activist of the Green Movement was once again transferred from Evin’s ward 350 to the security police headquarters. He was extremely concerned when leaving the ward and told other detainees: “They intend to kill me.”  Four days after his transfer, his family was informed of his death.

Those who claim to be the followers of Imam Ali must be reminded of his response to the news of a Jewish women’s torture under his reign, her legs bruised, when he stated: ” If a victim dies, they are not to blame.”

They witness the cruelty, injustices, atrocities, torture and murder and remain indifferent, without losing even a night’s sleep. In recent years and following the 2009 presidential elections we have repeatedly witnessed this type of torture of detainees at the hands of the security and cyber police. There are individuals currently at Evin’s ward 350 who have personally been subjected to such torture.  We hereby testify that we have witnessed the existence of numerous cases of torture of detainees at the hands of the agents of the security police at Evin’s ward 350.

We believe that if the criminals at Kahrizak prison and the torturers at Evin prison whose accounts of torture have been repeatedly published and are known to the authorities of the ruling establishment, would be punished rather than encouraged and promoted,  such heinous Kahrizak style tortures and cases of murder would no longer be repeated.

It has now been proven to all of us that when it comes to the current ruling establishment our cries will only fall on deaf ears.  While offering our condolences to the family of the late Sattar Beheshti and the oppressed Iranian nation, we remind everyone that the current ruling establishment, whether they like it or not, are responsible for the cruelty, torture and unjust bloodshed of innocent victims.

Signatories:

Mohammad Ebrahimi

Hossein Asadi Zeidabadi

Amir Eslami

Reza Ansari Rad

Ibrahim (Nader) Babai Zeydi

Emaad Bahavar

Seyed Ali Reza Beheshti Shirazi

Amid Behroozi

Amin Chalaki

Siyavash Hatem

Omid Kharazmiyan

Mehdi Khodaii

Mohammad Davari

Amir Khosro Dalirsani

Seyed Mohammad Ali Dadkhah

Ali Reza Rajaii

Mohammad Rezaii

Farzad Rouhi

Hossein Zarini

Abdolfatah Soltani

Adris Seyedin

Pouriya Shahpari

Mohsen (Bahman) Sadeghi Nour

Mohammad Farid Taheri Ghazvini

Bahador Alizadeh

Afshin Karampour

Hamid Reza Karvasi

Amir Garshasbi

Jafar Ganji

Siyamak Ghaderi

Abolfazl Ghadyani

Ali Akbar Ghoti

Farshi Lahouti

Abdollah Momeni

Mohsen Mirdamadi

Mostafa Nili

Mohammad Ali Velayati

Farshid Yadollahi

Mohammad Hassan Youssef Pourseyfi

Mohammad Amin Hadavi

Seyed Ahmad Hashemi

Role of Cyber Police in Blogger’s Death is Obvious

HRANA News Agency – The head of Iran’s Security Forces says police may be guilty of “some level of neglect” in the arrest of Sattar Beheshti but he denied there was any motive to murder the detained blogger, who died in custody earlier this month.

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U.N. experts ask Iran to explain blogger’s death in jail

GENEVA  – U.N. human rights experts called on Iran on Thursday to say how Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti died in police custody.

In a case that sparked international outrage, Beheshti who wrote a blog critical of the government, was arrested on October 30 and died some days later after saying he had received death threats and was being tortured in jail.

“It is imperative that people who are potentially involved in committing such gruesome crimes are investigated and brought to justice, as failure to do so promotes a culture of impunity,” said Ahmed Shaheed, special U.N. rapporteur on human rights in Iran.

Shaheed and other U.N. experts welcomed Iran’s decision to investigate the 35-year-old’s death and said the findings should be made public.

“On 6 November, prison authorities contacted family members of Mr. Beheshti to collect his body. Although the circumstances around his death remain unclear, allegations suggest he might have been tortured to death during his investigation,” they said in a joint statement issued in Geneva.

Christof Heyns, special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions said whenever someone dies as a result of injuries sustained while in custody, “there is a presumption of state responsibility.”

The experts, who report to the U.N. Human Rights Council said there had been several cases reported of detainees dying in custody due to mistreatment or torture, lack of medical attention or neglect.

They called on Iran to release journalists and bloggers jailed in violation of a U.N. treaty on civil and political rights.

Iranian authorities have arrested seven people suspected of involvement in Beheshti’s death, a lawmaker said on Wednesday. The suspects’ identities have not been disclosed.

The Beheshti case has renewed international concerns about human rights in Iran. In October, the European Parliament awarded its human rights prize to Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer who, opposition websites report, is on hunger strike in prison.

-Reuters

HRW – Iran: Investigate Detained Blogger’s Death

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HRANA News Agency – (Beirut) – Iranian authorities should investigate the death of a 35-year-old blogger in custody and immediately provide his family with information about the circumstances of his death. Initial reports suggest that he may have died from ill-treatment or torture.

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Amnesty – Iran Must Immediately Investigate Blogger’s Death in Custody

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HRANA News Agency –  (New York) – Amnesty International today urged the Iranian authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of a blogger in detention in the capital Tehran who was reportedly tortured in custody.

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Sattar Beheshti’s 40th Day Passing Away Memorial Ceremony Raided, His Mother Beaten And Injured

Mother and Sister of  Satar Beheshti at his memorial ceremony

Mother and Sister of  Satar Beheshti at his memorial ceremony

HRANA News Agency – Attendees at Sattar Beheshti’s 40th day passing away memorial ceremony were beaten and several were arrested.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA),  the 40th day passing away memorial ceremony of Sattar Beheshti at the Imam Mohamad Taghi Shrine in Robat Karim, Tehran, was raided by security forces resulting in beatings and arrests of Sattar’s family and a number of attendees.

Following the request by Sattar Beheshti’s mother and sister for the participants to go from the Shrine to Sattar’s sister’s home for the services, security forces and Plainclothes forces attacked the participants.

Five security officers also attacked and beat Sattar’s elderly mother causing her to sustain leg and knee injuries.

One of the participants at the ceremony told HRANA’s reporter that the agents were dragging Sattar’s mother on the ground by her hair.

Sattar’s brother, Asghar Beheshti, was also arrested while he was inviting people to his sister’s home. He was kept in detention for two hours.

Another participant in the ceremony has reported that Ahmad Taghavi was arrested. The exact number of people arrested at the ceremony is not yet known.

Seven FATA officers detained in connection with Iranian blogger’s death

HRANA News Agency – Seven police officers from Iran’s Cyber Police (FATA) were detained in Iran, with connection to the death of a local blogger, Sattar Beheshti.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), quoted from ISNA, Judiciary Spokesman and Attorney General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said that after interrogation, three of the detained officers were released.

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