Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Jailed Iranian reformist moved to solitary


Iranian political prisoner Hamzeh Karami has been moved to solitary confinement in Evin Prison, the Kaleme website reports.

According to the opposition website, Karami’s family was informed on Monday that they would not be allowed their weekly visit because he has been moved to solitary confinement by ministry of intelligence officials. Kaleme calls that transfer a “violation of the law.”

Karami was arrested in connection with the post-election protests of 2009, which sprang from allegations of vote rigging in favour of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Karami was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Karami was the governor of Varamin for six years and the political secretary of the president’s office under Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Last August, Karami wrote about his “torture and abuse” in Evin Prison in a letter to Iran’s Prosecutor Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei.

Karami described his torture in great detail and said his interrogators have threatened to kill him and his family.

A number of opposition media sources have reported that Akbar Hashemi Rafsanfjani, the chairman of the Expediency Council, personally delivered the letter to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

Following the controversial 2009 election, thousands of people were arrested and dozens of reformists were sentenced to long prison terms. Many of these prisoners have published letters describing how they were subjected to torture and abuse aimed at forcing false confessions.




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