Sunday, September 12, 2010

Attack on Prisoners in Iran is aimed to eliminate them

National Council of Resistance of Iran said on Sep. 10 that the officials of Gohardasht prison, Eastern Tehran, attacked Mr. Saleh Kohandel, a political prisoner in Ward 4, in order to strangle him. Thanks to the intervention of other prisoners, he was saved from certain death. Also on Monday, September 6, in a bloody brawl in Ward 1 initiated by dangerous prisoners instigated by the regime, at least seven prisoners were seriously injured. Four of them had to be hospitalized outside the prison. A prisoner, identified as Javad Zare, was badly wounded with dagger and one of his eyes had to be removed in prison hospital. On September 7, Abbas Tavakoli Borazjani of Ward 6 of the same prison was seriously wounded in the left eye and left hand by thugs recruited by the regime. He is being refused any medical attention. He was a victim of this vicious assault because he had supported the political prisoners and his association with them. In 2008, he was arrested with his entire family. Accused of confrontation with security forces, he was sentenced to death. His brother Hussein, 33, died under torture in prison. The regime’s agents have forced his mother to sign a paper saying that her son had died of kidney complications and she would not complain. NCRI added: Incarcerating political prisoners with dangerous prisoners and make them the target of ferocious attacks to eliminate them, are common methods in detention centers of the regime. These attacks are planned and directed entirely by the authorities. Ali Haj Kazem, governor of Gohardasht prison, his deputy Ali Mohammadi, director of security and prison intelligence Kermani, and Faraji and his assistant are some of the regime’s henchmen involved in these atrocities. During these attacks, the guards shut the gates of the wards so that the thugs can beat the prisoners to death. In the end, the Revolutionary Guards collect the corpses. None of the assailants would ever be interrogated for their crimes.

Iran stoning sentence suspension not enough

Amnesty International released a statement on Sep. 8 and said that the organization welcomes an Iranian official’s statement that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s sentence of stoning to death has been temporarily suspended but urged the authorities to overturn the death sentence against her entirely. ’This news does not go far enough,’ said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International. ’We hope this is not merely a cynical move by the authorities to deflect international criticism, as this temporary suspension by the Head of the Judiciary could be lifted at any time, leaving Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani at risk of execution, particularly if the current judicial review of her case results in a confirmation of her sentence. “The Iranian authorities must immediately take the necessary steps to ensure that her death sentence is overturned once and for all.’ Also the European Union presidency said on Thursday that Iran’s suspension of a stoning sentence against a woman convicted of adultery is not enough and that the European Union demands it to be completely overturned.

Dissidents Claimed the Iranian regime is Building a New Enrichment Site

New York Times reported on Sep. 9 that a dissident group that had previously revealed the existence of several hidden nuclear sites in Iran claimed Thursday that it had evidence that the country was building another secret uranium enrichment plant. The group, the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, showed satellite photographs of an extensive tunnel-digging operation near a military garrison northwest of Tehran. The New York times added: But the group had no pictures of the interior and no evidence to back up its claim that the site was intended to hold several thousand centrifuges, the machines used to enrich nuclear fuel for power production or weapons. The Obama administration, which publicly revealed evidence a year ago of a hidden nuclear facility near the holy city of Qum, reacted cautiously to the group’s announcement. In recent months officials have said they had no evidence of another enrichment facility, though they have expressed suspicions about a number of deep tunnels built into hillsides or mountains.

Young fisherman slain by the Iranian regime’s SSF

On Tuesday, the Iranian regime’s agents shot in public and killed a young man in Qeshm Island, according to Harana news agency. Sadeq Dolabizadeh, who was his family’s breadwinner, was arrested by the regime’s suppressive State Security Forces (SSF) while he was fishing. He was later shot in the head. Residents who witnessed the incident attacked the assailants. One of the agents was beaten and two others fled the scene, according to Harana.