Iran: Political prisoner’s tongue cut out by interrogators

Interrogators at the notorious Evin prison in Tehran have reportedly cut out the tongue of a Kurdish political prisoner, leaving him in critical condition.

According to the 24-Katjemir website and Dijleh news agency, Matin Arjani, a resident of Bateman town in Turkey’s Kurdistan region, had his tongue cut out by interrogators at Evin.

Over the past year, Mr. Arjani suffered two brain strokes, leaving him paralyzed and unable to walk.

The political prisoner’s brother told Dijleh news agency, “I have come to Iran 4 times and met my brother. Matin is constantly under torture and spends most of the time in solitary confinement. They have cut out his tongue. He is not being treated and is now on the brink of death.”

Mr. Zeki Arjan, added, “I have already paid officials 20,000 Euros to free my brother, but they have not done so and have threatened me that I will be killed if I don’t leave Iran.”

Last year, the Committee of Human Rights Reporters referred to the psychological and physical pressures against the Kurdish activist, saying that the beatings he has endured have caused kidney and lung complications.

Matin Arjani is 35 years old. He was arrested in May 2005 on charges of entering Iran and contacting Kurdish activists, and subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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