Human Rights Violator: Ali Cheharmahali

Full Name:

Ali Cheharmahali

 

Positions:

– Deputy Justice of Evin Prison and Deputy to the Health and Rehab Center of Tehran Province, till 25 July 2016

– Head of Evin Prison, 25 July 2016-present

 

Human Rights Violations:

As Director of Evin Prison, Ali Cheharmahali is responsible for the wellbeing and security of prisoners within his jurisdiction. Sina Ghanbari was one of the protesters who was detained during the December-January protests. Sina Ghanbari died under unknown circumstances while in custody at Evin Prison, which is under the control of Ali Cheharmahali.

Twenty-two year old Sina Ghanbari was arrested by NAJA forces during the protests of 31 December 2018 and transferred to Ward 4 of the Quarantine wing at Evin Prison. Six days later, on 6 January 2018, Mostafa Mohebi claimed that Ghanbari had hanged himself in a prison toilet.

On 11 January, Attorney General, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, confirmed the death of Ghanbari stressing that he had committed suicide. Talking to the press, he claimed that he “was a drug addict and footage [of the incident] is available”.

Following the claims made by Attorney General Montazeri regarding Sina Ghanbari’s suicide, on 5 February Tehran Member of Parliament Alireza Rahimi, right after his visit to the Evin Prison, rejected the above claim in his personal Telegram channel and wrote:

“The said footage is incorrectly referred to as Sina Ghanbari’s suicide clip. This is while the clip only shows some footage of the outside of the toilet facilities and there is no footage from the inside of the toilet or the incident resulting in the death; basically no footage of the suicide exists”.

The prominent human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, told the Centre for Human Rights in Iran that security agents had encouraged the prisoners to ask for “methadone” so that they would be freed sooner.

In a tweet on 16 January, Tehran Member of Parliament, Mahmoud Sadeghi, also confirmedthe news that prisoners including Sina Ghanbari were forced to take pills:

“Based on statements by the relatives of one of the detainees who died in prison, he had contacted them from prison several times to say that he and the detainees were being forced to take some pills that made them sick.”

The circumstances of Sina Ghanbari’s death have not yet been investigated by an independent body.

 

*Last update: March 12, 2018*