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Unionist Severely Beaten in Prison

Rasoul Bodaghi, a member of the board of directors of the Iranian Teachers Trade Association, has been severely beaten in prison by the prison guards on May 28. The assault has taken place at 7:00 a.m. with one of the guards by the name of Ghasem Mohammadi cursing Bodaghi in Karaj Gohardasht prison where Bodaghi is being held. When protesting, Rasoul Bodaghi has been physically assaulted by two other Revolutionary Guards by the names of Sheikh and Aghvaii getting hit on different parts of his body.

Bodaghi has then been taken to the prison corridors, tied to the prison bars and repeatedly beaten sustaining injuries on his head, face, and his teeth.

His fellow inmates protesting the guards’ actions have also been beaten including Dr. Ahamd Zeid Abadi, the incarcerated journalist, member of the board of directors of the Iranian Journalists Trade Association, and the head of Islamic Iran Students (Advar Tahkim Vahdat).

Following the assault, the prisoners of conscience in Gohardasht ward number 6, in an statement, condemned the assault and called the attention of the world human rights organizations and activists on lack of any security on the lives of the political prisoners in Iran.

Bodaghi has been imprisoned since September 2009. He has been teaching in Iran for 20 years.

Two other members of the teachers union have also recently been arrested in the city of Yazd. They are Mohammad Ali Shahedi and Mohammad Ali Shirazi, members of the board of directors of the Yazd union.

On a separate note, Mansour Osaloo, the leader of the Tehran and Municipality Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate, has been transferred to ward no. 5 of Gohardasht, the special ward for those prisoners being treated with Methadone or inflicted with Hepatitis, and AIDS. The transfer follows the complaint by an inmate by name of Seyyed Mohammad Rouhollah Hashemi, serving time for murdering his brother and brother in law. It is reported that those behind the complaint are the head and the deputy head of security at Gohardasht.

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