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Prisoners Beaten in Iran

In Iran there are currently reports of prisoners who have been denied representation, beaten and denied medical treatment for severe injuries. One such incident befell Amir Abbas Fakhravar, a medical student, writer and journalist. It was the result of his writing a book which was critical of the Iranian state. He was ordered to appear in court on March 18th and his family were threatened in order to make him appear. When Amir appeared in court, he was denied representation by the two lawyers who had represented him on previous occasions. After an argument with the judge, he was beaten in front of judges, court officials and both his parents, before being transferred to prison.
Qasem Sho'leh Sa'di, a lawyer, may also be facing torture or ill treatment in incommunicado detention following his arrest at Tehran's international airport at 5 o'clock in the morning on February 24, 2003. Oasem went to France on December 6, 2002, following the publication of an open letter addressed to the Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei. The letter, which respectfully questioned the basis of the Leader's position and criticized a range of the Leader's polices. It did not incite violence or racial hatred. When Qasem Sho'leh Sa'di returned to Iran on February 24th he was immediately detained.
Freedom of expression and association in Iran is curtailed by legal restrictions and by flaws in the administration of justice. It has resulted in a catalogue of unfair trials and the imprisonment of prisoners of conscience.

AI INDEX: MDE 13/006/2003 4 March 2003

AI INDEX: MDE 13/009/2003 31 March 2003

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