Six political prisoners including an Arab man from Ahvaz, southwest of Iran, and five Baluch men, are held in Central Prison of Ardabil, northwest of Iran.
These inmates, sent to this prison in internal exile , charged with “measures threatening national security”, “cooperating with Baluchistan opposition group”, “participating in April 15 protests in Ahvaz”, are identified as:
– Ali Farshgol, 25, 16 years in prison, has held in a Ministry of Intelligence branch solitary confinement for nine months.
– Nour Ahmad Hassan Zehi, 30, 26 years in prison, also has held in a Ministry of Intelligence branch solitary confinement for nine months.
– Abdalkarim Shahbakhs, 55, 15 years in prison
– Maher Kabi, 24, 10 years in prison
– Shir Ahmad Shirani, 33, 22years in prison
– Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi, 25, 15 years in prison, was arrested at the age of 17, held has held in a Ministry of Intelligence branch solitary confinement for two years.
Mostly political prisoners are held in this facility, severely isolated, controlled by security forces, restricted phone calls and far from their homes. Authorities place prisoners under enormous pressure under such conditions.