No records of his life and career are available.
Warden at Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, September 2017 to present
Human Rights Violations:
As the warden at Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, Gholamreza Ziaei has been involved in violating prisoners’ basic rights and in subjecting political prisoners and prisoners of conscience to immense pressures. During his tenure, some of these prisoners have been denied medical treatment, leaving their health in critical condition.
Rajai Shahr Prison mostly houses murderers, rapists, and drug smugglers. However, the Iran Prisons Organisation has transferred many political prisoners and prisoners of conscience to this detention centre, in order to subject them to more pressures. The prison is notorious for conducting mass execution, depriving prisoners of medical care, implementing torture, beating prisoners, and denying prisoners their basic rights.
Placed on the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s List of Sanctions:
The U.S. Department of the Treasury placed Gholamreza Ziaei on its list of individuals and entities to receive human rights sanctions on 12 January 2018, due to his severe and widespread human rights abuses.
The statement issued by the Department points to Ziaei’s involvement in denying prisoners access to medical care, abusing them sexually, and imprisoning post-election protesters in Rajai Shahr Prison.
According to these sanctions, Gholamreza Ziaei’s property in the U.S. will be confiscated, and he will be banned from entering the country. The sanctions also prohibit U.S. citizens from trading with him.