May 3, 2011
The body of Shahram Golchin who was killed during the Qezel Hesar Prison incident when dozens of prisoners were killed and injured (by security forces) was returned to his family after 20 days.
Golchin was arrested by Bassij Forces in the Ayatollah Kashani region and was killed in the Qezel Hesar Prison incident. His body was returned to his family after two weeks and with threats against his family. One of his friends said, ‘He was arrested by the Bassij Patrol in the Ayatollah Kashani region in a checkpoint on charges of being a passionate youth”.
“There were no reports about him after the riot in prison and on Saturday March 18 his family was told that he was in the infirmary because they insisted on seeing him. This is while according to documents, he was already dead on that date”, his friend added.
“After the News Years break his family pursued the issue, and it was revealed that Shahram’s body was in the Karaj Cemetery Morgue. (Officials) announced that he died as a result of a lung infection”.
This eye witness said that there were torture signs on Golchin’s body.
“There were bruises on his legs and back caused from a hard, pipe like object. His head was also broken”.
Because of threats by security and intelligence forces, his family was forced to tell friends and relatives that their son died in a car accident.
Notably, widespread protests broke out in Qezel Hesar Prison in March in protest to the execution of 10 prisoners, which left 80 prisoners dead and 150 injured. Prison guards and anti-riot police opened direct fire on prisoners. (Human Rights Activists in Iran – Apr. 29, 2011)