Political prisoner and student activist dies at the hands of Iranian regime

political prisoner diesStop Fundamentalism, August 1 – Mr. Akbar Mohammadi who was arrested during Iran’s nationwide protests seven years ago by the students died in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison late Sunday several days after he started a hunger strike.

Mohammadi was given 15 years in prison for taking part in the organization the July 1999 student-led anti-government protests that erupted across the country.

In an interview with the state-run news agency ISNA, the director of regime’s prisons in Tehran Province, Sohrab Soleimani, said, "Yesterday, Akbar Mohammadi was in perfect condition and upon his request and after the doctor’s check, he was released from the prison hospital and taken back to his ward."

Mohammadi died on the ninth day of his hunger strike. A week after beginning the protest, he refused to take liquids.  Sources say Mohammadi was beaten severely by prison guards prior to his death.

An Iranian opposition source based in Paris, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, described his death to be suspicious and said that the mullahs’ regime should be held responsible. 

The Iranian Resistance also called for an international fact-finding mission into Mohammadi’s sudden death.