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Balochi (Sunni) political prisoner sentenced by revolutionary court to 22 years in prison and exile to remote Ardabil Prison

Monday, 30 July 2012

Shir Ahamad was arrested three years ago in Tehran and transferred to the Intelligence Ministry prison in Zahedan. For three years, Ahmad was prohibited from any furlough or from any contact with family members, but was allowed brief phone calls with family members. Two months ago, Ahmad, along with another political prisoner, Abdulwahab Rigi, was transferred to solitary confinement in prison due to their adherence to Sunni religious commandments such as certain length of beards. This behavior against the two prisoners caused other Sunni prisoners in the prison to protest, which in turn resulted in protests by prisoners who were severely repressed by prison guards. According to reports, during the suppression of the Sunni prisoner revolt, the guards even shot at them from prison roofs. Eight prisoners were relocated to an unknown location, and no information of their condition has been made available for the past two months.

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  • Published: 9 days ago on Monday, 30 July 2012
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: July 30, 2012 @ 2:18 pm
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