Iran: Attack on Evin Prison Was Premeditated; 30-40 Prisoners Killed, According to Eyewitnesses

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Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

Iran Protest-No. 63

NCRI logoWhile the regime is trying to cover up the major atrocity it committed in Evin prison and does not even allow its Majles deputies to visit the prison, the scale of the crime comes to light after 48 hours. The Iranian Resistance reiterates the imperative of setting up an international fact-finding mission to visit Evin prison and investigate the crimes perpetrated on the evening of October 15. Further details about the tragedy based on reports and statements by eyewitnesses who are ready to testify before international courts and authorities follow:

1. Thirty to 40 prisoners were killed during the attack on Evin Prison, by the IRGC Special Force guarding the Supreme Leader (NOPO). Their names and details are recorded in Evin Hospital. Most of those killed were from Ward 7.

2. The attack on the prisoners was planned in advance. Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s son, Mehdi, a prisoner in Evin who was on leave, was told not to return to the prison. Akbar Tabari, the deputy to then-Judiciary Chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani, and Mohammad Ali Najafi, the former Minister and Mayor of Tehran, who are both prisoners in Evin, were transferred to Evin medical center before the attack for their safety.

3. The savage guards (NOPO) threw some prisoners down from the roof. They targeted the prisoners in the courtyard with live ammunition from the roof. One of the prisoners watching from behind a window was shot on the side.

4. NOPO attacked Ward 8, where political prisoners are kept with live ammunition and shotguns, and fired tear gas to the point of suffocation. In the courtyard of Ward 8, blood was spilled like a slaughterhouse such that it could not be cleaned up until 24 hours later.

5. In Ward 8, some prisoners and informants were spying against the prisoners, cooperating with the suppressive forces, and guiding them. After shooting and firing tear gas, the special unit forces made the prisoners lie down in the prison yard and beat them to the point of death. The brutal beating continued until the morning. They extensively used stun guns to beat the prisoners.

6. The IRGC Colonel Mahmoudi, the commander of the prison protection unit, went beyond brutality, and even when the special unit told him not to hit the prisoners, he beat them on the head with a baton. His blows on the head of a political prisoner caused his eyes to bleed. Another ruthless criminal was a corrections officer by the name of Tavakoli.

7. They transferred 51 prisoners from Ward 8; a prisoner with five bullets in his body was also taken in the same condition. Some of the prisoners were taken to Gohardasht prison, but the location of the rest is unknown.

8. They fired tear gas inside the women’s Ward and, at the same time, locked the doors of the Ward so those female prisoners could not react to save themselves.

9. Had the people of Tehran not rushed towards Evin prison on Saturday night, many more prisoners would have been killed. Even now, a human disaster will occur if Evin remains locked up and no one visits the prison.

Meanwhile, on October 17, 2022, the state-run Entekhab quoted the Judiciary Chief Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Eje’i, as saying brazenly, “What happened in Evin prison was a crime committed by a few of the enemy’s agents.” At the same time, on October 17, the state-run Sharq Network quoted Alireza Beigi, a representative of the regime’s parliament, saying: “There is no answer to our request to visit the prisons and detention centers for the recent protesters.”

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), urged the United Nations, the U.N. High Commissioner, the Human Rights Council, and other human rights defenders to urgently send an international fact-finding mission to Evin prison and examine the traces of crimes against humanity everywhere in Evin and on the body of inmates in the presence of a representative from the Iranian Resistance. If the clerical regime is telling the truth that they have not committed any crimes, they should accede to this fact-finding mission.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

October 18, 2022

Iran: Attack on Evin Prison Was Premeditated; 30-40 Prisoners Killed, According to Eyewitnesses

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