The public flogging sentences for two men were carried out today in the city of Golbahar in northeast Iran.
A Judicial Official in the province announced the public punishment saying that the flogging sentences of two young men convicted of theft were carried out in public in the city of Golbahar.
In his comments carried by the state-run media, Golbahar Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor said that the men were eached flogged 74 times. Golbahar is located 35 km northwest of Mashhad.
Hundreds are routinely flogged in Iran each year, sometimes in public. In the most recent flogging case, prison guards lashed four prisoners last month in Karaj Central Prison near Iran’s capital Tehran.
Recent reports indicate horrific health and hygienic conditions in Mahabad Prison. The Coronavirus has plagued the prison and prisoners are at high risk of infection.
A number of staff and employees at the prison have already contracted COVID-19.
No accurate figures are available on the number of fatalities and COVID-19 cases in this prison. However, it is known that Ahmad Alipour, who was serving his fourth year in the Prison of Mahabad, died due to Coronavirus infection just this month. The authorities of the Prison of Mahabad concealed the real reason for Mr. Alipour’s death, registering it as a heart stroke.
Despite the circumstances, prison authorities have deprived prisoners of the minimum hygiene and sanitation. The washrooms and showers have been out of order for more than three months. Leaving 600 inmates in this prison with only four washrooms, which is one for every 150 prisoners.
Some 300 female prisoners have been relocated to the Central Prison of Urmia from across West Azerbaijan Province.
The relocation has been carried out on the orders of the clerical regime’s Judiciary. The detainees include political prisoners as well as ordinary prisoners detained on common crimes. The relocation of some 300 female prisoners took place on October 23, 2020. The clerical regime has not yet explained the reasons for these relocations.
The Central Prison of Urmia is plagued with the coronavirus. In March 2020, Fatemeh Alizadeh, 53, lost her life after contracting the disease. Female prisoners held a hunger strike in protest of the death of their inmate.
The Court of Behbahan issued a total of 109 years of prison sentence, 2,590 lashes, and 3.3 million Tomans in cash fine for 36 protesters including two women arrested during November 2019 protests in this city.
Behbahan was one of the hotbeds of protest in the southwest province of Khuzestan in November 2019.
Behbahan’s court informed the convicted of their sentences on the eve of the anniversary of the November 2019 uprising, on October 22, 2020.
Ms. Roghieh Taherzadeh was ordered to pay 3.3 million Tomans in cash to replace her three-month prison sentence. She is accused of insulting government agents while on duty.
Reports say the health of political prisoner Fatemeh Mosanna held at women’s ward of Evin Prison is deteriorating and the authorities have deprived her of adequate medical treatment.
Fatemeh Mosana’s health condition deteriorated on October 17 due to an intestinal infection she developed from prison conditions.
The prison’s doctors have said that they cannot do anything to treat her in prison and that she must be taken to a hospital outside prison.
However, the prison authorities do not take the necessary measures to treat her and refuse to send Fatemeh Mosanna to the hospital.
The political prisoner lost her consciousness on August 19, in the women’s ward of the notorious Evin Prison. She was transferred out to Tehran’s Taleghani Hospital where her limbs were cuffed to the bed throughout her stay. She was deprived of visiting her relatives while in hospital.
The clerical regime has stepped up its repressive measures and terror campaigns across the country fearing the volatile state of Iranian society.
As the society gets poorer every day, deprived of the minimum resources to deal with the deadly coronavirus, outbreak of angry protests is very likely.
The Iranian Judiciary, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the State Security Force (SSF), and the paramilitary Bassij Force are all engaged in various coordinated plans to prevent outburst, spread and continuation of protests.
The plans not only have the blessing of the mullahs’ supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, but are being carried out on his order. This was acknowledged by Majid Mir Ahmadi, the acting deputy for intelligence and security of the regime’s Armed Forces Staff.
1,831 young men have been rounded up in just one month in the campaigns to deal with “thugs and hooligans.”
At least 120 prisoners were confirmed to have tested positive for coronavirus in Rajai Shahr Prison. Political prisoners are also among those contracted Covid-19.
Prisoner of conscience Farhad Meysami has tested positive for the virus at Rajaei Shahr prison in the city of Karaj and was transferred from his ward to a so-called prison “safe room” for isolation.
A 50-year-old physician, Farhad Meysami was arrested by agents of the Intelligence Ministry on July 31, 2018, for allegedly having badges in his home with the slogan “I am against compulsory hijab.”
He has been sentenced to six years imprisonment and banned from leaving the country or engaging in online activities for one year for peacefully protesting the regime’s compulsory hijab law.
Some 45 Sunni prisoners in Rajaei Shahr Prison have previously contracted the virus and the authorities denied them adequate medical treatment. The condition of a number of the infected Sunni prisoners, including; Farhad Salimi, Khosro Besharat, Abdul Jabbar Hosseini, Farzad Shahnazari, Abdollah Shariati and Borhan Asgharian are worse than the others.