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Thursday, January 21, 2010

ABUSE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS IN OROOMIYEH PRISON

The Prison’s Special Guards Raided the Ward Where Political Prisoners Are Held and Assaulted the Prisoners.


HRANA – Prisoners’ Rights: The prison’s Special Guards and security forces raided the ward holding political prisoners in Oroomiyeh prison.


The Prisoners’ unit of HRA reports that members of the prison’s Special Guards and security forces raided Ward 12, which is the holding place for political prisoners, in the presence of Fathi, the prison’s warden, and under the leadership of Bahraini, head of security, and while indiscriminately beating the prisoners with batons, electric batons and electric shockers, also vastly damaged their belongings. After the incident, the assailants removed political prisoner “Ali Ahmad Soleiman”, a citizen of Turkey, and took him to an unknown location.


The reasons for this violent assault on political prisoners are unclear and there is no information about the fate of Ali Ahmad Soleiman after his removal. Mr. Soleiman who is in poor physical condition due to severe burns, has been sentenced to five years in prison for charges of membership in a Kurdish organization opposing the Turkish government.

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