Political prisoner Soheil Arabi wrote an open letter from Tehran’s Evin Prison describing what he called “legitimate and legal corruption”.
In the letter dated August 15, the jailed blogger said that with the transfer of the head of Evin Prison, new limitations were enforced including restrictions on prisoners for contacting the outside world.
“It has been more than two months that telephone cards are only available in the prison’s black market and are sold at five times the normal price,” he wrote.
He said that this had made it impossible for most prisoners to purchase these cards, especially the many prisoners detained for not being able to pay their loans.
“The motivation behind this move by officials is to prevent information from leaving the prison,” Arabi wrote.
The jailed blogger and activist said that the “black market” was created as a result of these limitations enforced by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Sarallah Intelligence Base.
Soheil Arabi said that prison officials enforced so many limitations that prisoners were forced to “buy” their freedoms, making prison officials richer.
“Therefore prison officials and security institutions make more money in addition to their normal salaries they get from the government for fighting crime,” he said. He called this a never ending cycle of corruption.
Soheil Arabi, photographer, blogger and civil rights activist, was arrested in December 2013 by the IRGC and sentenced to death for “blasphemy”.
He was kept detained in solitary confinement for two months where he was subjected to relentless interrogations in Ward 2A, controlled by the IRGC.
In July 2015, his death sentence was commuted to 7.5 years in prison. In October 2018, he was sentenced to another 3 years in prison and exile to Borazjan, in southern Iran.
Arabi has gone on three rounds of hunger strike in protest to the violation of his rights in prison.
He was recentely transferred from the Greater Tehran Prison to Evin Prison after his mother, an outspoken activist for prisoners’ rights, was arrested.
Farangis Mazloumi was arrested by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) on July 21. She is currently being interrogated in Section 209 in Evin Prison.