Political prisoner beaten and thrown in 'doghouse'

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Behrouz Javid TehraniAccording to reports from human rights and democracy activist in Iran, political prisoner Behrouz Javid Tehrani was transferred to a solitary cell in section 1 of Gohardasht prison known as the Doghouse, after being violently beaten.

On Monday, March 8, political prisoner Behrouz Javid Tehrani was violently beaten with electric clubs by Hassan Akharian, the head of section 1 guards. Akharian and a number of prison guards transferred Tehrani to a solitary cell in the 'doghouse' where prisoners are taken for torture under medieval conditions.

Akharian threatened Tehrani that "he would be killed". He told Tehrani that he would spend the night there in the doghouse and would then be transferred to a solitary cell in the Sepah section run by agents of the intelligence agency.

According to other reports from Gohardasht, the pressures on prisoners in section 1 have increased and prisoner's visits with their families have been suspended. Also prison guards have started a new round of attacks against defenseless prisoners.

On Sunday, March 7, at about 8 am, more than 40 prison guards attacked prisoners in section 1 of Gohardasht prison. They were taken to the prison yard while being beaten and insulted. They were kept in the cold air for several hours and were not allowed to wear their coats. The prisoners were also banned from using the bathroom during this period.

Prison guards subsequently invaded their cells and violently conducted a "search" in which they seized or broke prisoner's personal belongings. Some of the items confiscated by prison guards other that phone cards and food stuff were family pictures.

This attack which started at 8 am ended at 12 and was carried out under the orders of the head of this section, Hossein Akharian and the commander of the guards, Sami'ie Nejad.

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