Iran: Prisoner beaten in Saravan Prison for extending medical furlough

Baluchi prisoner

Masoud Baluchi, a prisoner detained in Saravan Prison, was beaten by the head of the prison, Iraj Nourbakhsh, in front of other prisoners on Saturday March 24. The reason behind the beating was Baluchi’s three-day delay on his furlough. He has reportedly said that the reason for the delay was that he had gone to the doctor and had to wait for his visit.  According to an informed source, Nourbakhsh severely beat the prisoner with a belt. “He wanted to transfer him to quarantine but Massoud threatened that he would commit suicide, therefore, he was not taken to quarantine,” the informed source added. “Massoud is suffering from a neurological disease and had a letter from the doctor with him,” the source said.