Political prisoners of Shiban Prison of Ahvaz have been interrogated and put under additional pressure after the recent riot.
According to “No to prison – No to execution”, the Intelligence department of Ahvaz has harassed political prisoners of ward 5 on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by interrogating and transferring them to an unknown location.
Prisoners are under torture and interrogation to confess that they encouraged other prisoners to rebel. According to reports by some families, all prisoners of ward 5 of Shiban prison including PMOI supporters and other political prisoners have been relocated by the intelligence department.
It is notable that on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 the Shiban prison oppressive guards committed a heinous crime against the defenseless prisoners and opened fire on inmates for several hours, after they rioted because of lack of sanitary supplies and refusal of furloughs despite coronavirus outbreak.
Locals report that security forces raided prison cells with firearms, wounding and killing inmates. Dozens of prisoners have been reported dead, either by direct shots or by suffocation caused by fire and tear gas. During the fire, prison officials did not open the cell doors prisoners are suspected to have been burnt alive.
Identities of those murdered have not yet been verified.
Since then all communications have been cut off and families have no exact information about their relatives’ situation.