Inmates of the burned jail where eight people died in Iran accuse the guards of repressing with tear gas

The damage caused by a fire in the notorious Evin prison, northwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran (Photo by KOOSHA MAHSHID FALAHI / MIZAN / AFP) (KOOSHA MAHSHID FALAHI /)

Evin prison, known for being home to political prisoners in Iran, is the site of the event that has plunged the country into mourning amid mass protests in recent weeks against the Islamic regime that has ruled it for decades.

According to Tahereh Saeedi, the wife of Jafar Panahi, 62, a prisoner in Evin, accused the guards for shooting her husband with tear gas after the fire. Saeedi contacted an American/Iranian news outlet to state that her husband and Mohammad Rasoulof, another inmate, are doing well after the blast.

1500tasvir, an Iranian activist group reported that gunshots can be heard in videos of the fire along with the presence of special forces in the jail. IranWire, a news outlet, He accused the guards of throwing tear gas, which when inhaled causes coughing and suffocation, among other symptoms. The prisoners had to break their windows to be able to breathe after this attack.

The inmates who were in Pavilion 8 were left without water, gas or bread and 45 of them were transferred “to an unknown place” Daemi said. “Now they are all fine, but they are worried about transfer to other prisons, isolation and interrogation.”

Many prisoners had been transferred to Rajaei Shahr prison, about 20 kilometers west of Tehran, Mostafa Nili, a lawyer representing several prisoners, said on Twitter. IranWire video shows a bus taking prisoners from Evin. The eight prisoners who died had been jailed for robbery, Tasnim reported on Monday, citing Iran‘s judicial media center.

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An image obtained from the Iranian news agency Mizan shows the rubble after a fire in the Evin prison, northwest of Tehran (Photo by KOOSHA MAHSHID FALAHI / MIZAN / AFP) (KOOSHA MAHSHID FALAHI /)

Niloofar Hamedi, a journalist also imprisoned in Evin, is safe and sound according to her husband, Mohamad Hosein: “He told me he didn’t know what had happened but he heard horrible sounds and thought something serious had happened.” Hamedi is imprisoned in section 209, known to be home to prisoners of conscience, and had no information about what had happened in other sectors of the establishment.

Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American who has been detained in Iran for seven years and was forced to return to prison on Wednesday after being briefly released on parole, is also safe, according to the family’s attorney, Jared Genser. Namazi was moved to a secure area of ​​the prison and spoke with his relatives, Genser said.

Ali Salehi, a prosecutor in Tehran, said the “Conflict” in prison not linked to protests outside prison after Mahsa Amini’s death at the hands of the police for not wearing the hijab correctly.

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Damage caused by a fire inside the Evin prison building, in the northwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran (AFP) (-/)

“No prisoner is safe in Iran, where people are maimed and killed for criticizing the state,” said Hadi Ghaemi, director of the Independent Center for Human Rights in Iran, which is based in New York.

“Political prisoners both in Evin and in Iran have to be released. All prisoners must have medical treatment like the people and access to a lawyer and their families.”

A view of the aftermath of the Evin prison fire in Tehran, Iran, October 17, 2022. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS: THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY
A view of the aftermath of the Evin prison fire in Tehran, Iran, October 17, 2022. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS: THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY (WANA NEWS AGENCY/ )

Ghaemi also urged the United Nations to hold Iran’s leaders accountable over an appeal that came to the attention of Amnesty International’s Secretary General and former UN special rapporteur, Agnes Callamard.

A special session of the UN Human Rights Council should be held to create a “UN investigation and accountability mechanism on the government and religious authorities of Iran”Callamard said in a tweet on Sunday, citing “too many crimes against the Iranian people.”

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