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Tue Aug 31, 2021, 10:18 AM

After leaked videos, Iran opens cases against prison guards

Source: AP

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian prosecutors opened criminal cases against six guards at the country’s notorious Evin prison, the judiciary reported on Tuesday, after footage showing the widespread abuse of detainees at the facility leaked out last week.

The judiciary’s three-day investigation into mistreatment and grim conditions at Tehran’s Evin prison had landed “some” prison guards in detention, said judiciary spokesman Zabihollah Khodaeian. Authorities also summoned two guards and punished others, Khodaeian said, without elaborating on the penalties or identifying the suspects.

The revelation comes days after The Associated Press published parts of the videos and a report about the abuse at the facility in northern Tehran, long known for holding political prisoners and those with ties to the West whom Iran uses as bargaining chips in international negotiations. An online account, purportedly by a self-described hacker group, shared footage of the incident, as well as parts of other surveillance video it seized.



In this undated frame grab taken from video shared with The Associated Press by a self-identified hacker group called "The Justice of Ali," a guard looks at surveillance screens taken over by the group, at Evin prison in Tehran, Iran. The alleged hackers said the release of the footage was an effort to show the grim conditions at the prison, known for holding political prisoners and those with ties abroad who are often used as bargaining chips in negotiations with the West. The caption on the screens reads in Farsi: "Cyberattack: Evin prison is a stain on (Iranian President Ebrahim) Raisi's black turban and white beard. General protest until the freedom of political prisoners." (The Justice of Ali via AP)


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EX500rider Sep 2021 #3
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Aug 31, 2021, 10:31 AM

1. Are we really supposed to believe Iranian officials had no knowledge of the conditions?

The only reason they are doing anything now is that there is video.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Aug 31, 2021, 11:03 AM

2. Exxon and BP turned Iran into the mess it is today.

They had England and the USA toss out a popular elected President and installed the Shah. The most repressive, brutal ruler ever. They do not hate us for OUR freedoms, they hate us for taking away theirs.

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Response to multigraincracker (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 1, 2021, 12:04 PM

3. "The most repressive, brutal ruler ever." Hardly.

I would have picked to live under the Shah then under Stalin, Mao or PolPot etc
Also they still might have had a Islamic revolution by Khomeini regardless of the government at the time.

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Response to EX500rider (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 1, 2021, 12:35 PM

4. My Persian friends tell me different.

Ever for them.

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Response to multigraincracker (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 1, 2021, 12:47 PM

5. Facts however tell a different story

The Shah led a very repressive regime, no doubt.
But also:
Mohammad Reza also introduced the White Revolution, a series of economic, social and political reforms with the proclaimed intention of transforming Iran into a global power and modernizing the nation by nationalizing certain industries and granting women suffrage. During his 38-year rule, Iran spent billions on industry, education, health, and armed forces and enjoyed economic growth rates exceeding the United States, England, and France. The national income also rose 423 times over. By 1977, Iran's armed services spending had made it the world's fifth strongest military

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Reza_Pahlavi

The Shah doesn't even make the top 10 lists of most brutal dictators:

Attila the Hun
Genghis Khan
Timur
Vladimir Lenin
Joseph Stalin
Adolf Hitler
Mao Zedong
Idi Amin
Augusto Pinochet

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/people/10-most-ruthless-leaders-of-all-time/slideshow/52120630.cms

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Response to EX500rider (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 1, 2021, 12:53 PM

6. His secret police force, also from Wikipedia.

SAVAK has been described as Iran's "most hated and feared institution" prior to the revolution of 1979, because of its practice of torturing and executing opponents of the Pahlavi regime.[5][6] At its peak, the organization had as many as 60,000 agents serving in its ranks according to one source,[7] and another source by Gholam Reza Afkhami estimates SAVAK staffing at between 4,000 and 6,000.[8]

This is what those refugees remember.

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