Iranian prison chief issues apology after hacked videos show abuse of prisoners
In a rare admission of human rights abuses, on Tuesday the head of the Iranian prison authority accepted responsibility for the shocking events recorded by the hacking group, Edalat-e Ali (Ali’s Justice).
“Regarding the pictures from Evin prison, I accept responsibility for such unacceptable behavior and pledge to try to prevent any repeat of these bitter events and to deal seriously with the wrongdoers,” Mohammad Mehdi Hajmohammadi, head of Iran’s prisons, said in a tweet.
He directed his apology to “God Almighty,” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the people of Iran, and “honorable prison guards.” He added that the efforts of good prison guards would not be ignored.Also on rt.com Iran prepared to send more fuel to Lebanon as Tehran can't watch Lebanese people 'suffer'
The jail in question, Evin prison, has long been criticized by Western powers and rights groups, and was blacklisted by Washington in 2018 for “serious human rights abuses.” Detainees are mostly held on security charges. It has also been reported that prisoners of dual nationality are also held at the jail.
Graphic footage recorded by the prison’s security cameras shows guards beating prisoners, while one is dragged around the facility. In a shocking scene, a cleric appears to step over a collapsed inmate who was lying prostrate on the ground.
This leaked video from Evin prison shows terrible conditions & beatings of political prisoners. This is also where dual nationals from the US, UK and EU are kept. International community must take strong action pic.twitter.com/05eOx6QYJj— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) August 24, 2021
2This is the moment that the officials in Evan prison realized that they have been hacked. Hackers have accessed security camera footage from inside an Iranian prison where political prisoners are being held, and posted videos of guards beating inmates. pic.twitter.com/ys1prSVqkI— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) August 23, 2021
British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 43, was held at the Evin jail until November last year when she was put under house arrest. She denies charges of undermining the Iranian state and spying against it.
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