Hossein Qashqaee a political prisoner revealed that political prisoners are subject to sexual harassmentat the Great Tehran Prison.
Political prisoner, Hossein Qashqaee confined at the Great Tehran Prison who is on a furlough revealed the corruption ruling at this prison in a series of twitter posts. He specially mentioned Payman Samadi a “ward lawyer” (ward lawyer is a prisoner that is in contact with the guards on behalf of other prisoners of the ward for their needs and other affairs) as a main perpetrator.
According to the human rights center “No to Prison, No to Execution”, on Thursday, August 12, 2021, political prisoner, Hossein Qashqaee disclosed in his twitter account about how political prisoners are sexually harassed by a “ward lawyer”, Payman Samadi, at one of the wards of the Great Tehran Prison. Following this revelation, Mohammad Mehdi Haj Mohammadi, the head of the Prisons Organization promised to look into the issue. Reports also indicated that Payman Samadi has filed a complaint against Hossein Qashqaee for this revelation and Qashqaee being summoned to the prisoner before his furlough is over.
Political Prisoner, Hossein Qashqaee stated that Payman Samadi’s father, as Samadi has put it, is a member of the regime’s Expediency Council and the manager of Ansar Khodroo affiliated with the IRGC; Samadi is imprisoned for embezzlement. Mr. Qashqaee also stated that this kind of inmates have enough money and thus have no problem at the prison, “it is just as if they have changed their place of residence for a while”.
Payman Samadi is also the deputy of the penitentiary’s warden. Any letter written by political prisoners or any request they make goes through him. He distorts the process of these letters and in this manner harasses the political prisoners even more.
In a voice clip published by the Iran International news network in mid spring of 2021, a prisoner of November 2019 protests names Payman Samadi as the person who intended to sexually harass him but he has prevented it. Following the event, this prisoner brings his complaint to the warden of the Great Tehran Prison and his deputy but not only Samadi goes unpunished but he is also promoted from being a “ward lawyer” to the penitentiary’s deputy.
After this revelation by Hossein Qashqaee, the head of Iran Prisons Organization, Mohammad Mehdi Haj Mohammadi has followed the issue and has asked one of the inmate who had claimed as such to “prove” this.
It is to be mentioned that after Radio Farda published this twitter thread, Payman Samadi filed a complaint against Hossein Qashqaee and the prison authorities have told him that he has to get back to prison before his furlough is over on August 22.
Hossein Qashqaee sentenced to two years in prison for his twitter activities, introduced himself to the Great Tehran Prison to serve his term on April 3, 2021
Hossein Qashqaee’s shocking revelation:
It was for a few days that I wanted to post some tweets in regard with this issue. It is possible that when my furlough is over and I am back in the prison I will face some problems but this, is so much pressure on me and I don’t care about the outcomes any more. I want to talk about the “ward lawyer” of one of the wards at the Great Tehran Prison where the political prisoners are kept.
This creature! is called Payman Samadi. As he puts it, his father is a member of the Expediency Council and the manager of Ansar Khordro affiliated with the IRGC. Payman is in prison for embezzlement. Of course for creatures like him prison doesn’t have any meaning. They have money and have everything there. They just change their residence for a while and execute their mission.
His deeds have once been echoed in the media but I think we must talk more about creatures like Payman Samadi. Their identities must be revealed so that everybody would know them, so that they would become disclosed for everybody and their prestige and reputation would be ruined so that they would not be able to join the society any more (though they are so arrogant that they won’t care).
He is a reactionary with the look of an IRGC member. He has filled the saloon with photos of Khamenei and Qasim Soleimani. He claims that he has connection with the prison’s intelligence and security. He has caused many troubles for many political prisoners because of their activities inside the prison. He has reported these activities to the prison’s security.
If a few of us gather together, the next day the prison’s security calls us. He gives us false news just to psychologically trouble us. For example, recently he has made up a story that the MOIS has given him the name of those of us who receive financial help so that he would make them to vow in writing that they won’t receive any more money and to prevent any privilege they may enjoy.
As the deputy of the penitentiary all the letters and requests goes through him; request for parole, a furlough, or any other request that is put forward by the political prisoners. He keeps these letters and requests for a long time to psychologically torture them.
He has made everybody to think whatever they do will be reported by him. He has destroyed the thrust in the ward. Has made many to become the enemy of each other leading to clashes sometimes. In short he is tasked with tormenting us.
All I said, is nothing in comparison to what I am going to say now. This evil person who claims to be a religious one, sexually harasses some of the political prisoners who have a small body either by force of promising them to help them to be released, or because they are in need of money.
He has covered the saloons CCTVs and sexually harasses them there. Once, the issue was brought up in the media by one of his victims who confronted him. This has been reported time and again to the prison security and prison’s authorities but still he has not been transferred.
Last year been promised that they will be separated from the ordinary criminals, political prisoners of the Great Tehran Prison were transferred from ward complex No.5, which is the best section of the prison with many facilities, were the offenders of financial crimes are kept, to ward complex No. 2, which is full of bugs, mice, is very contaminated and with very limited facilities which still confines various criminal.
We are troubled enough with not having potable water, the abundant number of bugs that don’t let us sleep at night, the mice and their feces in our cells and corridors, the very poor quality of food and financial problems, we don’t need such creatures to trouble us even more?