April 28, 2014
Authorities have denied allegations that prison guards committed the assault.Last week, Golamhossein Esmaili sent over 100 members of Iran's Security Services to beat prisoners in Ward 350 of Evin Prison, where prisoners accused of political crimes are held, after the prisoners asked to be present while their possession were searched. Previously during "inspections," possessions had disappeared.
One of the entrances to Evin Prison, in Tehran, Iran. (Image source: Flickr/sabzphoto)
Jahangir is described as a close adviser to Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli, a cleric who is the head of the government's judiciary branch.
After reports emerged of the beatings of inmates in Evin Prison's Ward 350, the families of men incarcerated there protested twice last week, outside parliament and near President Hassan Rouhani's office.
Authorities have denied allegations that prison guards committed the assault.
The human rights group Amnesty International has expressed concern about the reported violence.
Based on reporting by IRNA and AP.