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Spot inspection carried out at Iran’s notorious Evin Prison

NCRI – Prison wardens on Thursday carried out yet another spot inspection in two wards of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison which houses numerous Iranian political prisoners.

The mullahs’ henchmen raided wards 7 and 8 of Evin early on Thursday, scouring through the prisoners’ personal belongings.

Numerous spot inspections have been carried out by the mullahs’ regime in Evin’s wards 7 and 8 in recent months, and prisoners have been forced to wait at time for hours in the courtyard as their belongings are searched.

The prisoners believe that these inspections are an attempt by the regime to intimidate the inmates and aggravate their suffering.

On Tuesday, 47 ordinary prisoners from Evin’s wards 7 and 8 were transferred under heavy escort to the newly-opened Greater Tehran Central Prison (known as Fashafouye).

Fashafouye Prison is still under construction, but the mullahs’ regime has already begun to move prisoners in despite a lack of facilities.

More than 500 prisoners at the end of July protested their conditions and lack of basic services and began a hunger strike.

Protests have erupted in the new prison, built in the deserts near the Tehran-Qom road, over sub-human living conditions.

Among the problems that the prisoners are complaining about are lack of sanitary or functioning toilets, water and heating outages, lack of medical care to ill prisoners and constant harassment of inmates by prison wardens. Many prisoners are forced to sleep on the floor next to the toilets and in the hallways.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said in an August 3 statement: “In this prison which is also known as Fashafouye or Hassanabad Qom Prison, prisoners are forced into unpaid labor. Around 600 prisoners work in shifts in a camp called ‘Cultivation and Industry’ and its subsidiary units. Another 450 prisoners work in the Prison Organization’s workshops that are entirely controlled by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the Intelligence Ministry with no pay.”

The regime says it plans to transfer 15,000 prisoners, including some from the notorious Evin Prison and Karaj’s Ghezel Hesar Prison, to the new jail once construction is completed.

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