“Iran International” channel received information that the officials of the Grand Prison of Tehran made a phone call to the family of prisoner Shahin Nasseri, witness to the torture of the executed activist Naweed Afkari, during which they confirmed the death of Nasseri in the aforementioned prison, but they stated that the cause of death was unknown.
Today, Wednesday, September 22, sources close to Shahin Nasiri’s family told “Iran International” that officials said that Nasiri’s body had been transferred to the forensic medicine in the Kahrizak district of Tehran.
The Naseri family also referred to the forensic medicine office in Kahrizhik to hand over the body of this political prisoner.
The Iranian Human Rights Organization had announced earlier that well-informed sources had informed the organization of the “possible death” of Shahin Nasseri in solitary confinement in the Grand Prison of Tehran.
Farhad Salman Pour Zahir, one of the prisoners in Tehran’s Grand Prison, had sent an audio file from inside the prison obtained by “Iran International”, in which he confirmed that he had received, on Tuesday, September 21, the news of Shahin Nasiri’s death in prison.
He said Nasseri was taken to an unknown location on the anniversary of Naweed Afkari’s execution, and on Tuesday it emerged that he had previously been moved to a “solitary cell” to be denied phone calls and visits.
Yesterday, Tuesday, Shahin Nasseri’s brother told the Iranian Human Rights Organization that friends of this prisoner conveyed to his family the news of his death in a “solitary cell”.
Farhad Salmanpour Zahir also confirmed in his audio file that the possibility of Shaheen Nasseri’s suicide is “extremely excluded”, and although officials may mention suicide as a cause of his death, Nasseri “was not depressed, but was married with children and was optimistic about his future.”
He confirmed that Nasseri was not suffering from any special or chronic disease.
On October 31, 2019, Shaheen Nasiri sent an official and recorded letter from prison, in which he testified that he had personally witnessed the torture of Navid Afkari, at the Shiraz investigation center, southern Iran.
Nasiri confirmed in his testimony that the interrogators punched Navid Afkari several times in the arm, while he was lying on the ground and holding his head with his hands. After a barrage of insults and obscene words, they told him: “Everything we say is true.”
The prisoner also said in his testimony that when Captain Wahidi Yar saw him witnessing the torture of Nweed Afkari, he punched him hard in the stomach and made him fall to the ground, then blindfolded him and took him out of the place.
Nasiri wrote in his official testimony that when Navid saw my thoughts in the detention center later that day, Nawaid told him that “Abassi, the file officer, broke my arm.”
It is noteworthy that the execution of the wrestler and dissident, Nawaid Afkari, on September 12, was met with a wave of protests, as a number of individuals and human rights organizations pointed out many formal and substantive defects in this case, and condemned his torture.
Nweed and his brother Waheed had sent audio files from inside the prison, in which they announced that they had been subjected to various forms of physical and psychological torture during two years of detention.
Navid himself has repeatedly denounced torture, saying: “A confession extracted after torture and physical or psychological abuse has no legal validity.”
And social media had previously circulated an audio file of Shaheen Nasseri, in which he announced that he had been threatened by the investigator because of his testimony about the torture of Naweed Afkari.
In this audio file, Nasseri said that the case investigator, who was angry at Nasseri’s “interference” in the “security case” for Naweed Afari, told him, “I will do something to make you melt.”
Source: Iran Intel