– Arak Deputy Prosecutor, till March 2016
– Head of the Social Deputy of Markazi Provincial Courthouse, March 2016-22 January 2017
– Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Arak, January 22, 2017-present
Human Rights Violations:
As Prosecutor General Prosecutor for Markazi province, Abbas Ghassemi has failed to perform his legal duty to investigate the death of Vahid Heydari in Police Station 12 of the city of Arak. Not only does Ghassemi’s inaction represent a breach of his duty to inquire into the circumstances of Heydari’s death, but also a failure to ensure accountability and justice in this worrying case.
Twenty-three year old Vahid Heydari was arrested on 31 December 2018 by NAJA forces during the protests in Arak. He was then transferred to Police station 12, where he later died.
On 6 January 2018, Heydari’s family was informed by the authorities that their son had killed himself in custody and that they should collect his body. According to an activist in Arak, the relatives of Vahid Heydari were pressured by security agents to bury his body in a location they specified.
On 10 January, Abbas Ghassemi the General Prosecutor for Markazi Province referred to Vahid Heydari as a drug smuggler, adding that he had committed suicide and that the relevant footage showing the moment he committed suicide was available. However, as of this writing, no footage of the alleged suicide of Vahid Heydari has been released.
Heydari’s family has denied claims that he was a drug smuggler. They also state that they had seen a deep wound on Vahid Heydari’s scalp, casting further doubt on official claims of his suicide.
On 15 January, security forces arrested lawyer, Mohammad Najafi, who had been working on Vahid Heydari’s case. Rejecting claims of suicide, Najafi had previously stated that Heydari was killed in custody.
*Last update: March 12, 2018*