According to news from Section 1 of the Gohardasht (Karaj) Prison Mr. Behrouz Javid Tehrani who is currently on hunger strike is being subjected to brutal torture and his life is in danger.
Mr. Tehrani, the only prisoner left from the July 9th 1999 pro-democracy student demonstrations, was transferred to section 1 of the Gohardasht Prison more than a week ago. Prison officials refer to Section 1 as “the end of the road” and refer to the solitary cells in that in that section as “dog houses.”
Since his transfer to Section 1Mr. Tehrani has been subjected to brutal torture. His hands and feet are cuffed at all times and he is blindfolded. Prison officials have beaten him for very long periods of time with batons. The marks of these beatings can be seen on his hands, feet and back. Mr. Tehrani is in an extremely terrible physical state and poor health because of his hunger strike as well as the brutal torture he has been subjected to. There is great concern that Regime Officials maybe trying to “eliminate” this prisoner.
Individuals who have personally subjected Mr. Tehrani to torture are Ali Mohammadi (the prison warden), Kermani (Head of prison security and intelligence) and Tabibollah Farj Nejad (second in command of prison security and intelligence) as well as numerous other prison officials who have subjected Mr. Tehrani to torture as a group. Usually the prisoner is placed in the middle of the torture chamber and attacked from all sides and beaten by batons.
Since his transfer to Section 1 Mr. Tehrani has had no contact with his family. His family had gone to prison on numerous occasions to try to visit him, however they were told by prison officials that his visitation and phone privileges had been revoked. Finally on Monday May 18th 2009 after refusing to take no for an answer his family was granted a short visit. It has been said that his body was battered and bruised and he was in a terrible physical state.
All signs point to the fact that the Ministry of Intelligence is trying to “eliminate” Mr. Tehrani and his life is in serious danger. The individuals responsible for his torture have threatened him numerous time with death and “elimination”.
To this date Mr. Valiollah Feyze Mahdavi, Mr. Abdolreza Rajabi adn Mr. Amir Hossein Heshmat Saran have “died” under similar circumstances in Gohardash Prison. Because of lack of international investigation and lack of punishment for those responsible for those deaths, similar fate could be awaiting other prisoners especially Mr. Tehrani.
Report by Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran
Translation by Sayeh Hassan