SATURDAY, 14 MAY 2011
According to reports, political prisoner Mostafa Eskandari who is detained in the special cellblock of Rajayi Shahr Prison (Gohardasht) was sentenced to 31 years of prison under false charges such as ‘instigating public opinion’ and ‘giving interviews to foreign media’.
According to reports, he is a medical student who was arrested with his wife Kobra Zaqeh Doust in a ceremony to mark the 40th day after the death of Neda Aqa Soltan in Behesht Zahra Cemetery in Tehran on July 30, 2009.
He was severely beaten during interrogations in Evin Prison and his ribs and nose were broken as a result of torture. After being transferred to Rajayi Shahr Prison, he was threatened with execution and even being murdered by other prisoners because of his constant protests.
Mostafa Eskandari spent more than seven months in the solitary cells of cellblock 209 and 240 and was then transferred to Rajayi Shahr in Karaj. After months of solitary in a cellblock known as the ‘doghouse’, he is currently in the Special Security Cellblock in this prison.
In addition to this prison sentence, Judge Pir Abbasi, the judge who presides over his case threatened his wife who was also detained for close to two years and forced her to divorce her husband. (Student Committee in Defense of Political Prisoners – May 11, 2011