A Kurd man who was detained on February 1 by security forces in Tehran was killed under torture. According to the Hengaw Organization, the 21-year-old man was identified as Mehrdad Taleshi, who was arrested along with another man under suspicions of carrying drugs. He was initially taken to the 113th Police Station but was later transferred to the 115th Station. The identity of the second man is still unknown.
An informed source said Mehrdad Taleshi was taken to the Shapour Police Station at 10 pm on the night of his arrest, where he was tortured and killed. Evidence of torture and severe beatings were found on his head and neck. According to the source, the name of the second person arrested with him was crossed out in his case file. Mehrdad’s family said he was an athlete and had no previous criminal record and did not take drugs.
“On February 3, Mehrdad’s father received a call from Baharlu Hospital telling him that his son was at the hospital. When he went to the hospital, he was showed his son’s corpse but was not given the body for burial. The hospital authorities denied knowledge of Mehrdad’s cause of death and said the police had delivered the body to them,” the source added.
Hengaw said the Mehrdad Taleshi’s body was given to his family after an autopsy on February 7 and was buried in Sanandaj, western Iran under severe security measures.
This is not an isolated case. On January 15, 35-year-old Bahman Oghabi was brutally beaten in a western Iran police station, until he passed out and later passed away in the hospital.
Bahman Oghabi was detained on December 31, 2020. The police told the Oghabi family that their son went in a coma after taking tramadol (a painkiller). His family said Oghabi did not even smoke let alone take any drugs.
According to the Human Rights Monitor Annual report, at least four prisoners were killed because of torture and ill-treatment in Iranian prisons in 2020.
On February 1, 2020, Mohammad Ameri, a non-political prisoner, died after he was brutally beaten by prison guards in Rajaie Shahr Prison in Karaj.
A death-row juvenile prisoner, Danial Zeinolabedini , was killed by prison guards in Mahabad Prison, in Iranian Kurdistan. His body was handed over to his family on April 2, 2020. “When we collected his body and took off his clothes, we saw that his whole body was bruised and there were stitches on his abdomen,” a person close to his family said.
A 27-year-old man was killed under torture in Khorramabad Central Prison, western Iran. Farhad Vosuqi, married and father to a three-month-old boy, was tortured and killed on November 10, 2020.
Farhad’s brother confirmed the report, saying he witnessed the torture marks on his brother’s body in forensics. Farhad lived in the city of Nourabad in Lorestan Province.
On November 19, 2020, a 19-year-old prisoner in Gorgan’s Amir Abad prison in northeastern Iran was tortured to death. The young man was identified as Mohammad Davaji, from Oudek Davaji village, and was detained for getting into a fight.