Qom clergy (Maraje) urged to probe, slam "torture" in jail
By: Mohamed Ali
Source: Radio Zamaneh
PARIS, France: An Iranian political prisoners group has called on
country’s Shiite leaders (Ayaat and Maraje) to investigate and condemn
the "physical and psychological torture" the detainee have endured
during their detention.
Published in Jaras website, the letter addresses prominent clerics,
Ayatollahs Sanei, Bayat Zanjani, Dastgheib, Sobhani, Mousavi Ardebili,
Makarem Shirazi, Safi Golpayegani and Shabiri Zanjani to inform them
that "almost all the prisoners in section 350 of Evin Prison have
repeatedly heard the fact from their interrogators, Ministry of
Intelligence staff and the Revolutionary Guards that the judiciary is
by no means independent."
The prisoners state that they have experienced that reality of these
claims when many received the very sentences they were told they would
get during the interrogations, even before they were issued by court.
The letter accuses interrogators of pressuring prisoners through
threats aimed at their private and personal lives.
"On one occasion", the letter states; "within 20 days the interrogator
contacted the wife of the accused six times asking her to pursue a
divorce and to contact him regularly about the progress of his
The report maintains that in some occasions, they have shown private
pictures to the accused and accused them of immoral acts, in order to
coerce them into confession.
The letter maintains that in section 350 of Evin Prison, interrogators
have forced prisoners to strip and threatened to sexually abuse them
The letter goes on to say that some prisoners were forced to sign a
prepared confession and in case of refusal they were "repeatedly
tortured with batons and electric shockers."
They contend that at least five people have been taken into a torture
chamber with various torture instruments in order to be interrogated.
The prisoners urge the senior clerics to "investigate" these claims in
order to establish their veracity and be informed of the "dominance of
injustice in prisons and detention centers.
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