Thursday, 28 January 2016
Fardin Hosseini, a prisoner of conscience from the Sunni “Ahl Haq” religious minority group, was hanged recently under bogus charges after enduring more than 6 years of prison and vicious torture for his beliefs, according to Human Rights & Democracy Advocates in Iran.
Hosseini was arrested in the fall of 2009 while heading to work. He was attacked by Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) agents, arrested and transferred to solitary confinement in a ward controlled by the Revolutionary Guards in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. MOIS agents also supervise this section of Evin Prison. Hosseini was immediately placed under horrific torture and inhumane treatment. His wife and daughter, along with other members of his family, were also arrested and harassed, in order to force him to confess to bogus charges. This prisoner of conscience was told his family members will only be released if he confesses to the authorities’ demands.
Another report of barbaric behavior towards political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Iran indicates that Saeed Abedini, the American-Iranian pastor recently released and returned to the U.S. after a prison swap between Washington and Tehran, has said he was placed under torture and in solitary confinement after refusing to sign forged allegations raised him.
Abedini said in a FOX TV interview aired on Monday, January 25th that during his stay in Evin Prison the interrogators had beaten him, placed him in a cell along with a prisoner affiliated to al-Qaeda who had tried to kill him, and he had witnessed moments where people were screaming while being taken from their cells to the gallows for execution, Reuters reported.
During the interrogation they once beat me very severely because they wanted me to admit to actions that I had not committed, he said in one part of the interview.
The worse thing I saw in prison was when Sunni prisoners were being taken for execution, he added. Most of them were Sunni and some of them were political prisoners and I can say that most of them were executed for their religious beliefs and their religion, Abedini continued.