Iran: clashes, murder reported in prison west of Tehran
Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, allocated to suspects of violent crimes by the Prisons Organization in Iran, is considered the largest facility where political prisoners and security prisoners are held. This prison, under the shadows of mismanagement and lack of adequate appropriations, has turned into a very dangerous site. On [March 21] more group clashes were reported in hall 18. In this clash that erupted between a large number of prisoners in which dozens were injured and at least three prisoners suffered major wounds using cold weapons (knives, box cutters, cutlasses and …). A death row prisoner by the name of Babak Ghiathi suffered serious wounds and lost his life in the prison clinic. It is said that prison guards refused to enter the hall as the clashes erupted. The mood in the prison is reported to be tense.