Iran: Political prisoner attacked, threatened for recording prison events
Kurdish political prisoner Saeid Sangar, serving his 17th year of a life sentence in Urmia Prison, northwest of Iran, is currently subjected to pressure and threats.
Prison guards recently raided the political ward, inspecting and damaging the prisoners’ property. They confiscated Sangar’s notes containing his memoirs of his difficult time in custody.
In response to his protest against the attack authorities told him warders have the authority to control the private aspects of prisoners’ lives.
He was summoned by prison intelligence service and was threatened of being deprived of family visits if he keeps recording the prison events in his diaries.
Saeid Sangar was arrested in the year 2000 at the age of 27. He was put to death for “enmity against God” and “establishing contact with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).” The execution sentence was commuted to life in 2003.
This political prisoner was transferred to Urmia prison in 2003 after spending two years in ward 209 of Evin prison. He was later transferred to Sanandaj Prison, west of Iran, in November 2007, and once again back to Urmia Prison eight years later in September 2015.