New Charges have been Brougth Agaisnt Mr. Behrouz Javid Tehrani Due to His Disclosure of the New Torture Chambers in Section 1 of the Rajaishahr (Gohardasht) Prison:

According to news received from Section 2 of the Gohardasht Prison on Sunday July 20th 2008 Mr. Behrouz Javid Tehrani was taken to the Revolutionary Court in the city of Karaj for the second time.

In addition to previous charges Mr. Tehrani has also been charged with further offences. The person who has filed a complaint against him is Mahmoud Maghniyan who is the warden of Section 4 of the Gohardasht Prison.

The reason behind these new charges is Mr. Tehrani’s disclosure of the conditions in the new solitary cell/torture chambers in Section 1 of the Gohardasht Prison.
Laying new charges against already imprisoned individuals is a technique used by the Regime to put further pressure on political prisoners. Until now new charges have been laid against Mr. Amir Hosseing Heshmatsaran, Afshin Baymani, Arjang Davoudi and Behrouz Javid Tehrani who are already serving long prison terms. Some of these individuals have been sentenced to further jail time.

Mahmoud Maghniyan was the former warden for Section 2 of the Gohardasht Prison. This individual holds a serious grudge against political prisoners. While he was the warden of Section 2 of the prison, he carried out brutal attacks against political prisoners in that ward, as a result of which many political prisoners and in particular Mr. Javid Tehrani were seriously injured.

However Mahmoud Maghniyan has never been held responsible or prosecuted for these brutal attacks on political prisoners. It should be mentioned that those prisoners who suffered injuries as a result of these brutal attacks were not allowed to seek medical attention for their injuries.

Both Maghniyan and another individual Ismaili who is the senior guard in Section 2 of the prison had recently transferred Mr. Tehrani to the new solitary cells in Section 1 of the Gohardasht Prison and subjected him to brutal torture.

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran condemn new charges being laid against political prisoners who are already serving long prison sentences and whom in many cases have been deprived of even the most basic human rights such as the right to having a lawyer. Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran urge all human rights organizations to act immediately to prevent the inhumane treatment of political prisoners in Iran.

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran

22nd July 2008

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