prisoners at the Iranian regime’s notorious Raja’i Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison
were seized by security guards during a violent raid on Hall 14 of Ward 4 and
taken to unknown locations.
The raid, which involved members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), took place on Saturday, after a video circulated on social media, which showed prison officials after the execution of five prisoners at the prison in Karaj, near Tehran.
While the whereabouts of the five prisoners who were taken away by the security forces is unknown, it is feared that they are now at risk of execution themselves.
Iran Human Rights Monitor, a human rights group focused on Iran, has released the names of four of those death row prisoners: Samad Farhadi, Sadegh Hafezi, Mohammad Chahargoushe and Ali Bagheri.
The video was recorded on Wednesday, August 7, following the executions of Majid Arabali, Mohammad Reza Shekari, Hossein Panjeh-Maryam and Yousef Zakeri in Raja’i Shahr Prison.
It appears that the following people were personally present at the execution:
Bagheri and Mohammadi, who can be seen in the footage wearing camouflage military uniforms, carried out the execution.
Before the execution, the guards had taken several other death row prisoners to solitary confinement, along with those who were executed, which meant the several prisoners spent the night thinking they would be executed before being transferred back to their cells. A common intimidation practice by the regime.
Following the execution, a refrigerator truck was brought to the area to transfer the dead bodies.