Timur Khaledian, a civil activist and resident of Malayer, was reportedly beaten and persecuted after being arrested in the protests during month of December. His trail is scheduled to be held on May 24th, 2018, at the Malayer’s Revolutionary Court Branch 1.
The human rights activist detained in the December protests, told the Human Rights Campaign that he was severely beaten in a police station and the agents were physically bullied with batons.
Timur Khaledian, a 35-year-old furniture manufacturing worker, was arrested during the general protests on December 31st, 2017, and after 20 days, was released on bail. The human rights activist after being arrested, was transferred to the Malayer Park Police station and was severely “beatings and sexually tortured”.
Trial of the Malayer citizen is scheduled to take place on May 24th, 2018, in Malayer’s Revolutionary Court Branch 1. Timur Khaledian told the Campaign that he is to be trialed on charges of “gathering and colluding for acts against national security” and “propaganda against the regime”, while at time of arrest, he was coming back from dentistry and was not part of the protests. “During the December 31st protests, I was not in Malayer, if I knew I would leave, but did not know. I was arrested the next day when returning from a dentist because of my previous history. The prosecutor had given a general form with an empty name to the police and Revolutionary Guard Intelligence forces and asked to arrest anyone that they think is suspected or may has attended the protest. I was arrested for this reason. “
Timur Khaledian told the campaign that in the first interrogation session, he told the prosecutor about the physical and psychological torture but they just simply regretted. This civic activist said he had also written about all the tortures on his defense paper to the judge, but decided to not file a complaint for fear of issuing a heavy sentence or creating a problem for his family.
Timur Khaledian previously was arrested during the years of 2015 and 2016 on the charges of sending a news report of Malayer Prison, to human rights media and once was sentenced to six months in prison for propaganda against the regime.
From beginning of The Islamic Republic establishment, the issue of rape, torture and sexual harassment of prisoners has been raised by critics and opponents. Many released political prisoners in the 1980s, accused the Islamic Republic of harassing and raping. Husseinali Montazeri, the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader deputy at the time, on October 1986, in a letter to Rouhollah Khomeini described the country’s problems with the phrase “Do you know, in some of the Islamic Republic’ prisons, young girls are rapped forcibly? Do you know that the use of offensive and insult language is a common practice when interrogating the girls?”
In the post-election protests, a number of released prisoners uncovered the physical torture and harassment in prisons, most notably in the Kahrizak detention center. Mehdi Karroubi, One the presidential candidate who was objected to the election, also in a report from the interview with the victims, objected to the situation and called for the intervention of the Iranian leader. Reports that, although resulted in Kahrizak detention center closing, but did not end the persecution and physical torture in Iran’s prisons.