A large number of the clerical regime’s suppressive forces raided the ward 350 of notorious Evin Prison, savagely beating up and insulting the prisoners. The excuse for the raid was inspecting the ward.
Ward 350 is the ward of political prisoners in Evin Prison, including those who are imprisoned on the charges of affiliation with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The Amnesty International condemned the raid in a call for Urgent Action on Friday, April 17.
According to reports from inside Iran including eyewitnesses, the assailants were from the Intelligence Units of the IRGC, the anti-riot Guards of Evin Prison and the regime’s intelligence and security agents (known as plain-clothed). Some of the assailants had put on glasses and had covered their faces. The prisoners were moved through a human tunnel and were beaten as they were moved in that tunnel.
A statement issued by the political prisoners of Gohardasht Prison in Karaj (West of Tehran), alleges that more than 100 agents were deployed in the raid to Ward 350.
The assailants were in particularly focused on prisoners who are charged with being affiliated to the PMOI/MEK and beat them up more severely, and wounded a number of them. According to these reports, the security forces beat up even elderly prisoners as well.
These sources affirmed that when prisoners who were in rooms 1 and 3 of the ward, the rooms where the prisoners are who primarily incarcerated on charges of affiliation to the PMOI/MEK are kept, were attacked, the other prisoners protested the security agents and got engaged. According to these sources, the prison’s loud speakers specifically announced the orders to attack rooms 1 and 3 of the ward.
According to the reports, a number of prisoners who are charged with affiliation to the PMOI have been transferred to a different location and their fates remains to be unknown.
In this attack, a number of prisoners were severely injured, including Gholamreza Khossravi Savadjani, Assadollah Hadi, Javad Fouladvand, Assadollah Assadi, Omid Behrouzi, Esmaeil Barzegarei and Emad Bahavar. Mr. Assadollah Hadi who has recently had an open-heart surgery is in dire conditions. The henchmen have chained the hands and feet of Omid Behrouzi and Esmaeil Barzegarei to their beds in Evin’s infirmary.
The henchmen in Evin have transferred 32 political prisoners to solitary cells in Ward 240 of Evin despite their injuries and their need for medical treatment and there is no news on their conditions.
The political prisoners in Ward 350 of Evin Prison have gone on a hunger strike since Friday, April 18, in protest to the barbaric raid on this ward on Thursday by the suppressive forces and the fact that there is no information on the fate of 32 of their cellmates.
Likewise, in relation to this incident, on Saturday, April 19, the families of the political prisoners staged a protest gathering in front of Tehran’s Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ark Square.