Widespread protests to decision to execute prisoners in Khorramabad

Following the brutal suppression of a protest by inmates in Khorramabad's Qal'eh (Falak-ol Aflak) Prison (western Iranian province of Lorestan) on Thursday, May 13, the families of the 16 prisoners who are on the death row have staged a series of protests every day in front of the prison.

The male relatives of the prisoners continued their protest until very late at night and clashed with the State Security forces Saturday night. The protesters were dispersed at 3:00 a.m., after the State Security Force and the Guards Corps opened fire.

In another development yesterday, the students at Khorramabad University held a rally to protest the murder of a prisoner during the riots.

On Thursday, May 13, prisoners rioted in Qal'eh prison in protest to the appalling and intolerable prison conditions and broke their cell doors. A number of Guards were disarmed and taken hostage.

In the ensuing clashes, mullah Mohammad Keshvari, the prison's prayer leader, Changiz Rassoulzadeh, a Guard, and a prisoner, Shir-Mohammad Biranvand, were killed. Eight more Guards were seriously wounded.

The regime plans to quickly execute several of those arrested to intimidate and terrorize the public. Akbar Akbari, Massoud Mohammadi, Reza Jamshidi, Alireza Mohammadi, Jamshid Heidari, Mohammad Akhtari and Behzad Khazai, some of whom oppose the regime, are among those on death row.

Two months ago, 18 Mojahedin supporters, incarcerated in Khorramabad prison, were hanged.

The Iranian Resistance draws the attention of the United Nations Secretary General, the UN Human Rights Commission and other human rights organizations to the savage suppression of inmates in Khorramabad prison and their imminent execution.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 17, 1999

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