Videos present beatings, neglect, and an unbearably small solitary cell in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison.
Tehran, Iran – A high Iranian prisons official has confirmed the veracity of footage leaked by hackers that exhibits the tough circumstances inmates of Tehran’s Evin Prison endure.
The surveillance digicam footage, leaked on Monday, has no sound however exhibits clearly the ache some prisoners undergo at Evin.
Mohammad Mehdi Haj Mohammadi, head of Iran’s prisons organisation, mentioned in a tweet on Tuesday he accepts accountability for the “unacceptable behaviours” depicted within the footage and vowed the perpetrators will face repercussions.
“I also apologise to God, our dear supreme leader, the great nation and the honourable prison guards, whose efforts will certainly not be ignored due to these errors,” Mohammadi wrote.
درخصوص تصاویر #زندان_اوین؛ مسئولیت این رفتارهای غیر قابل قبول را پذیرفته و ضمن تعهد به تلاش بر عدم تکرار چنین وقایع تلخ و برخورد جدی با عوامل خاطی؛ از خداوندمتعال، رهبر عزیزمان، ملت بزرگوار و زندانبانان شریف که البته زحماتشان تحت تأثیر این خطاها، نادیده گرفته نخواهد شد،#عذرخواهم.
— محمدمهدی حاج محمدی (@Mmhajmohammadi) August 24, 2021
One video confirmed a gaunt man being dropped within the courtyard and dragged by means of the jail semi-conscious whereas guards and workers watch unfazed. At one level, a cleric passes by the injured man.
Several movies present inmates being crushed by jail guards. An picture exhibits a tiny solitary confinement cell, clean partitions and a squat bathroom.
Most of the movies are timestamped 2020 and 2021, with guards carrying masks in a few of them because the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Iranian prisons.
The hackers additionally managed to realize entry to the jail’s management room. A clip exhibits a guard spring to his ft when the various screens in entrance of him flash crimson after which go black one after the other. Guards storm in, some taking out their telephones to movie the scenario, whereas others make hurried cellphone calls.
The group that carried out the hack calls itself Edalat-e Ali, or “Ali’s Justice”. It is a reference to the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, an imam revered by Shia Muslims.
Evin Prison, which homes political prisoners and twin nationwide inmates who’re largely imprisoned on spying and propaganda costs, has for years been criticised for human rights abuses, together with by the UN particular rapporteur for human rights. It can be blacklisted by each the US and the EU.
Iran has seen a number of high-profile hacks in latest months, together with an obvious cyberattack on its railway system earlier this 12 months, and a cyberattack on the nation’s site visitors police databases earlier this week.