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.
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