Five months after the execution of wrestling champion and protester Navid Afkari, concerns have raised about the situation of his imprisoned brothers. The remaining Afkari brothers, Vahid and Habib are currently in solitary cells in the basement of Shiraz’s Adel Abad Prison in southwestern Iran. Before Navid’s execution on September 12, all three Afkari brothers were beaten and forcibly transferred from Ebrat ward to separate solitary cells in the basement. During the past five months, the Afkari brothers were deprived phone calls and only could visit their family every two weeks, which has now been suspiciously cut off. Sources close to the Afkari family say authorities of Adelabad Prison of Shiraz have not permitted the family to visit their two imprisoned sons.
The clerical regime’s Judiciary issued its inhuman verdict of 20 years of imprisonment for a mother and her children found guilty of supporting the opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). According to the verdict issued on January 23, 2021, and made public on February 7, political prisoner Zahra Safaei, her daughter, political prisoner Parastoo Mo’ini, and her son, Mohammad Massoud Mo’ini have been sentenced respectively to 8, 6 and 6 years’ imprisonment. The mother and her children are charged with “assembly and collusion to act against national security through communicating with the PMOI,” “advancing the PMOI objectives,” and “participating in PMOI meetings.” They are also charged with “propaganda activities against the state by writing slogans (on the walls), reading out statements and posting banners in public thoroughfares.”
A man was sentenced to amputation, in addition to other charges, in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, in southwestern Iran yesterday. According to the IRGC-affiliated YJC website, the man was detained for injuring a state environmental agent. He was sentenced to qisas, the Islamic term for “retaliation”, a financial penalty, prison, and confiscation of weapons. The report did not mention which part of his body would be amputated. This is not the first time the regime hands out retribution sentences. In May 2020, a 30-year-old woman who had blinded a man by throwing acid in his face was literally sentenced to an eye for an eye in northeastern Iran, a state-run daily reported.
Political prisoner Mehdi Farahi Shandiz has been moved to the quarantine of the Central Prison of Karaj since more than two months ago. He is under pressure and restrictions there.
Political prisoner Mehdi Farahi Shandiz was relocated from ward 6 to the quarantine of the Central Prison of Karaj in late November, for chanting against the clerical regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and the religious dictatorship. He was deprived of phone calls and visitations. After more than two months, he has just had an opportunity to call his family. He has been permitted to call his family only once a week and only in the presence of a prison guard.
Political prisoner Mehdi Farahi Shandiz has a heart condition and suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes, an informed source said. Despite taking blood pressure pills, his blood pressure is 150 because of high stress and physical and psychological pressures on him in the quarantine. Also despite suffering from diabetes, he does not have suitable nutrition in prison.
Iranian authorities on Saturday hanged Javid Dehghan, a member of Iran’s Baluchi ethnic minority, despite a plea by the United Nations to halt his execution.
The Iranian judiciary’s official website reported that Javid Dehghan, 31, was hanged in the central prison of Zahedan for killing two members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) five years ago in southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan Province. It described the Baluchi political prisoner as a leader of a Sunni militant group known as Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice).
Javid Dehghan was arrested in May 2015 and sentenced to death for “enmity against God” (moharebeh) in May 2017 for his alleged membership in the armed group.
Javid was held in solitary confinement for a long time following his arrest, and was severely tortured to make forced confession, including through being lashed with cables and having his fingernails pulled out.
Civil activist Saba Kord Afshari who is presently incarcerated in the notorious Qarchak Prison has been violently moved from Ward 8 to Ward 6 where inmates convicted of violent crimes are detained.
Saba Kord Afshari is serving a 24-year sentence for protesting the mandatory Hijab enforced on Iranian women by the clerical regime. She was banished from Evin Prison to Qarchak on December 9, 2020.
According to a source informed about this case, the attack on Saba Kord Afshari took place on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Male and female guards banged their batons and stun guns on the walls and doors to terrorize the inmates.
Then, they broke into Ward 8. They told other inmates that Saba Kord Afshari must be transferred out of the ward or they are going to be responsible for whatever happens to them.
Five Arab political prisoners have started a hunger strike in Shaiban Prison of Ahvaz, capital of southwestern Iranian Province of Khuzestan.
Jasem Heydari, Ali Khasraji, Hossein Seilavi, Ali Motiri, and Ali Mojaddam sewed their lips and started a hunger strike on Saturday, January 23, 2021.
The Arab political prisoners are refusing food to protest mistreatment of inmates by prison guards and authorities and depriving them of visitation. They are also protesting the use of the death penalty.
Jasem Heydari, born on January 10, 1990, is an Arab citizen of Ahvaz. He was arrested in the city of Shush when he was only 17 years old. He was sentenced to 7 years in prison on the charge of “acting against national security.”
Political prisoner Massoumeh Senobari is suspected of cancer. The authorities of the Prison of Tabriz, however, are preventing her dispatch to a hospital for diagnosis and treatment.
The family of Massoumeh Senobari have been following up on her treatment and medical tests and have accepted to pay for her treatment, but prison authorities have prevented her from doing her sonogram test and overlooked her visits to the prison dispensary requesting dispatch to civic medical centers.
Massoumeh Senobari is not the only prisoner who is denied medical treatment. Another inmate detained on ordinary charges has been having chills and fever for one month and is in dire conditions. But the nurse visiting the ward has given her tranquilizers and sent her back to the ward every time.
Last October, Massoumeh Senobari had contracted the Coronavirus but was deprived of medical treatment and proper food.
Detained nurse Bahareh Soleimani has been transferred to the women’s ward of Evin Prison after completion of her interrogations. Intelligence Ministry forces arrested Bahareh Soleimani on October 16, 2020, and detained her in solitary confinement in the IRGC Intelligence Ward 2A in Evin Prison. Ms. Soleimani suffers from lung complications due to infection with COVID-19 since she had been attending to COVID patients since the outbreak. She needs urgent medical attendance and treatment. The family of this detained nurse are worried about fabrication of charges against her. She has been deprived of having access to her lawyer since being apprehended.