Four prisoners were killed and 61 wounded This is reported by Iranian state media.
Four of the victims in Saturday’s fire were in critical condition, and the victims died of smoke inhalation, state media reported, citing the country’s judicial system.
The fire at the infamous Evin prison in Tehran took place amid the riots caused while in the custody of Iran’s moral police a month ago.
The protests turned into one of the most daring challenges to the clerical leadership since the 1979 revolution and were met with a brutal crackdown.
Before authorities released the death toll from the fire, families of some political prisoners took to social media to call on officials to ensure the safety of prisoners at Evin, which was blacklisted by the US government in 2018 for “serious human rights abuses”. . .
Iranian authorities said on Saturday that the prison workshop was set on fire “after a fight between a number of inmates convicted of financial crimes and theft”.
Evin holds many detainees accused of security breaches, including Iranians with dual citizenship. is among the foreign citizens detained in the pre-trial detention center.
Evin Prison was blacklisted in 2018 by the US government for “serious human rights abuses”. Source: AFP / KUSHA MAKSHID FALAHI/MIZAN
Footage of Evin shown on state television hours later showed firefighters inspecting a workshop with a fire-damaged roof. It also revealed that the prisoners in their wards were apparently “sleeping as calm had returned”.
Athena Daemi, a human rights activist, said relatives of prisoners held in the women’s section had gathered at the prison for regular visiting hours, but authorities denied them access, leading to a standoff.
Relatives were told the inmates were “okay, but the phones were broken,” according to Ms. Daemi.
“When the families said they would not leave until they (inmates) called, gave them cell phones to call, the guards confronted the families,” she tweeted.
In the footage shown on state television, a prison official said the inmates had been allowed to contact their families.
Human rights organizations said at least 240 protesters were killed including 32 minors.
More than 8,000 people were arrested in 111 cities and towns, Iran’s HRANA news agency reported on Saturday.