Aftermath of the fire in Evin prison in Tehran, Iran October 17, 2022.

Four Evin Prisoners Sentenced to 33 Years and 518 Lashes for 2022 Fire

Thursday, 06/20/2024

Four prisoners received a combined sentence of 33 years in prison and 518 lashes for a 2022 fire incident at Iran's notorious jail, rights group reported.

According to The US-based Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) Loghman Aminpour, Meysam Dehbanzadeh, and Majid Roshan Nezhad were each sentenced to six years in prison and 74 lashes for "destruction of property," along with 16 months and 74 lashes for "disturbing prison order".

The event took place amid protests in support of the nationwide uprising which followed the death in morality police custody of Mahsa Amini.

Additionally, Reza Salmanzadeh received a five-year prison sentence and 74 lashes for "destruction of property," along with a two-year sentence for charges of "disrupting prison order" and "disobeying officers' orders."

While Iranian authorities blamed prisoners for the incident, evidence gathered by Amnesty International suggests they used the situation to justify a harsh crackdown, claiming it was to manage the fire and prevent escapes.

Official records document eight prisoner deaths and 61 injuries resulting from the fire.

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