Iran: Young Kurdish woman tortured in Mahabad Prison

Iran: Young Kurdish woman tortured in Mahabad Prison

Published by on December 17, 2016

shahla-mohammadianiPolitical prisoner Shahla Mohammadiani, 28, has been tortured viciously under interrogation for 67 days while detained in solitary confinement of Mahabad’s Intelligence Department in Iranian Kurdistan.

Heman Mohammadiani, her brother, said Shahla had been tortured so much that her left shoulder has been rendered disabled.

Ms. Mohammadiani is charged with membership in one of the Kurdish parties and of disseminating anti-government propaganda. Her brother has denied the trumped up charges.

Heman Mohammadiani said, “Security forces raided our house at 1.30 after midnight and violently inspected the entire house and its furniture… My father asked them to show their warrant, but they entered the house without a warrant and took away my sister by force… My father resisted, but security forces pushed him aside and cursed at him.

Shahla Mohammadiani is presently detained in Tabriz’s Prison. She has been sentenced to four years imprisonment.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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