The Great Tehran Penitentiary detainees arrested during the protests in November 2019 have been sentenced to a total of 159 years in prison.
The state-run Ensafnews.ir reported that more than 50 detainees in the Great Tehran Penitentiary who had been arrested in November 2019, have been sentenced to a total of 159 years in prison. Those arrested include Reza Ghoreishi who has received 10 years. Other detainees have received between 2 and 6 years each. The age of the detained protesters ranges from 19 to 45.
The majority of the detainees in the political ward of the Great Tehran Penitentiary are those arrested in November 2019 protests. They are serving their sentences but some are still held in limbo.
The ensafnews.ir said most of the detainees in GTP’s Ward 5 were arrested during the November 2019 uprising. There is no accurate statistics available on how many protesters have received verdicts.
Ensafnews.ir wrote that those arrested during the November 2019 protests were beaten and brutalized in the SSF stations, and unofficial centers. The state-run website went on to say that the detainees experienced other bad things as well, without getting into details. It added that the detainees made confessions against themselves because of undergoing torture. Many of the detainees did not have access to lawyer during their trails.
The report by ensafnews.ir points out that the detainees were harassed in prison. They were relocated from Ward 5 to Ward 2, something that they did not want. They want to go back to Ward 5.
On September 30, 2020, the political prisoners and prisoners arrested during the November 2019 protests were moved from Ward 5 in GTP to Ward 2.
The protests in November 2019 broke out on November 15 in protest to the petrol price hike and rapidly spread to more than 190 cities. Over 1,500 protesters were killed by the IRGC, the State Security Force (SSF), intelligence forces, and plainclothes agents.
Those killed included children between 13 and 15 years of age. Some 4,000 people were wounded in these protests. The number of those arrested is estimated to be around 12,000.
In anohter developmenr, the Court of Behbahan issued a total of 109 years of prison sentence, 2,590 lashes, and 3.3 million Tomans in cash fine for 36 protesters arrested during November 2019 protests in this city.
Behbahan was one of the hotbeds of protest in the southwest province of Khuzestan in November 2019.
Behbahan’s court informed the convicted of their sentences on the eve of the anniversary of the November 2019 uprising, on October 22, 2020.