IRAN: FARSHID FATHI AMONGST PRISONERS BEATEN IN RAID
April 23, 2014
Evangelical church leader Farshid Fathi was amongst 30 prisoners who suffered injuries when guards and security agents assaulted inmates in Evin Prison, one of Iran’s most notorious jails, on 17 April.
Farshid Fathi, who is serving a six year sentence on false political charges, suffered a broken foot and toe when a guard stamped on them to prevent him assisting an injured inmate as forces from the Intelligence Ministry, Revolutionary Guards, and over 100 prison guards unleashed unprecedented violence on the inmates of Ward 350.
The assault on the prisoners occurred after they protested against an aggressive inspection that had lasted for over five hours. The Iranian authorities have denied reports of the incident; however, a member of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Motahari, requested that the families of the prisoners concerned be allowed to visit them, to ensure that the truth about the allegations is revealed.