Iranian political prisoner Mahmoud Naji was beaten and threatened several times by the agents of intelligence ministry and prison guards in Gohardasht (Rajaii Shahr) prison, on the way to the court, a report cited witnesses said. The notorious Gohardasht prison is located in the city of Karaj, northwest of the capital Tehran.
In the morning of September 17, Gohardasht prison guards and officers on the orders of the head of the prison, Mohammad Mardani, grabbed feet and arms of Mahmoud Naji and while severely beating him, forcibly transferred him to the court. This is while this political prisoner was sick and needed hospitalization due to stress and his poor health condition.
Mahmoud Naji, who is imprisoned in Ward 2 of Gohardasht prison, has previously staged a hunger strike to protest against false case-making against him on bogus charges in both the revolutionary and criminal courts. During the transfer, he repeatedly told the prison agents that he is sick and in poor health condition and does not recognize nor accept their court.
In addition, political prisoner, Afshin Baymani, who was earlier transferred to cardiac hospital for heart problem was returned to Gohardasht prison without treatment.
This political prisoner, who has spent more than 16 years in prison, suffers from heart disease and high blood pressure and fluctuations. He was transferred to Tehran’s Cardiac Hospital on September 10, but was returned back on September 16 without treatment upon the order of Judiciary officials and transferred to solitary confinement cells which lack basic amenities.
Doctors emphasized that this prisoner must remain in a quiet and stress-free environment. When Afshin Baymani protested his condition in the prison, the prison agents said: “You must remain in solitary confinement for one day. This is the direct order of the prison warden.”