MEK Iran: Political Prisoner, Soheil Arabi, Accused of New Charges While in Prison
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) reported that the political prisoner, Soheil Arabi, has been accused of new charges while still in prison in Iran. Arabi has been shunted from one prison to another since he was first incarcerated. He has been tortured and has had no access to the rest of the world outside the prison he has found himself to be in.
Prisoner of conscience #SoheilArabi was transferred out of Greater Tehran Central Penitentiary on 18 Sept 2020. Prison officials have told his family he is now held in Raja'i Shahr prison, Karaj, but Soheil Arabi has had no contact with the outside world since his transfer. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/r3957vtFze
— Amnesty Iran (@AmnestyIran) October 17, 2020
Deplorable conditions in prison
The latest charge against him is one of ‘propaganda against the state.’ This appears to be connected to the fact that Arabi has conveyed some of the experiences he has had while in prison. This includes the deplorable conditions in prison, the lack of health care, and the torture that he has been subjected to. The Iranian regime is not keen on the truth being told about the conditions that political prisoners are subjected to while in prison.
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) October 21, 2020
Soheil Arabi ended up in Karaj’s Rajai Shahr Prison, Ward 14 after a spell in Ward 2Aat Evin Prison in Tehran. This ward is notorious for being controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), who routinely use torture and other inhumane treatment to deal with political prisoners. His whereabouts during his transferrals were not communicated with his family.
It was after his transfer back to Rajai Shahr that he was accused of propaganda against the state based on information that Arabi gave about the conditions at Evin.
Torture at Tehran Greater Penitentiary
Prison guards at Tehran Greater Penitentiary routinely attacked and tortured Soheil Arabi, breaking his nose, harming him in his testicles, and denying him subsequent medical care. Since this torture treatment, Arabi can no longer breathe easily.
Amnesty International has already expressed concern about the fate of Soheil Arabi. “Prisoner of conscience Soheil Arabi was transferred out of Greater Tehran Central Penitentiary on September 18, 2020.
Prison officials have told his family he is now held in Rajai Shahr prison, Karaj, but Soheil Arabi has had no contact with the outside world since his transfer,” a tweet from Amnesty said. “This raises fears that Soheil Arabi may be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment since he has had no contact with the outside world in nearly one month.
The international community should put pressure on the regime in Iran
The denial of all contact is also causing Soheil Arabi’s family great alarm. The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Soheil Arabi. Pending this, he must be protected from torture and other ill-treatment, provided urgently with any medical care he may require, and given access to his family and a lawyer of his choosing,” Amnesty reiterated.
Iran is the world leader in executions per capita. The international community should put pressure on the regime in Iran to release Soheil Arabi and respect the fundamental rights of the Iranian people.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI): I urge the international community, especially the United Nations Secretary-General and other human rights organizations to intervene immediately to stop the executions, secure the release of the prisoners, and prevent a major humanitarian catastrophe in prisons in Iran.