According to news received from Section 6 of the Gohardasht Prison, Mr. Davoudi was taken to Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Courts on Sunday July 20th 2008.

Judge Salavati who is the Senior Judge in Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court charged Mr. Davoudi with new offences and tried him. Mr. Davoudi has been further charged with insulting the religious leaders as well as religion. These new charges have been brought forward even though Mr. Davoudi is already in jail and has been serving his jail sentence for almost 5 years.

Mr. Davoudi was arrested in October of 2003 and taken to the Evin Prison. Later on he was transferred to numerous prisoners including Rajaishahr (Gohardasht) Prision, Bandar Abbas Prison and once again back to the Evin Prison. Mr. Davoudi had gone on a hunger strike to protest the inhumane treatment he was facing in jail. A few days into the hunger strike once again he was transferred to the Rajaishahr (Gohardasht) Prison.

Mr. Davoudi has previously been tried by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Courts before Judge Hassan Zare Dahnavy also known as Judge Hadad. However he was not given a sentence, therefore his lawyer and family have been unable to appeal the trial decision.

The Interrogator of Mr. Davoudi is an individual named Mostafa. It has been reported that Mostafa has told Mr. Davoudi “if we had killed you outside of prison you would not have become so well know.” The interrogators of the Ministry of Intelligence have a very important role in findings of guilt against prisoners and their sentencing. It is also based on the orders of the interrogators that it is decided from the very beginning how a prisoner will be treated.

Further it has been reported that a senior guard in Section 6 of the Prison named Bakhshi (who is believed to have had a role in the death of Canadian Iranian Journalist Zahra Kazemi) and was recently transferred from Evin to Gohardasht Prison, along with his second in command, an individual called Hedayati have been physically and psychologically abusing political prisoners in Section 6 of the Prison. Two of the prisoners who were beaten recently are Nima Ismailiyan and Hamid (no last name), as a result of severe beatings with batons they have suffered from very serious injuries.

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran condemn new charges being laid against political prisoners who are already serving jail sentences, as well as use of violence against them. Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran urge all human rights organizations to act immediately against the systematic violation of human rights in Iran.

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran
July 21st 2008

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