Iran grants leave to Kahrizak whistle-blower after 2 ½ years of imprisonment

Mehdi Mahmoudian

Mehdi MahmoudianImprisoned activist Mehdi Mahmoudian has been released from prison, two and a half years after he was initially arrested for exposing the horrors that took place at the Karizak detention centre following the 2009 presidential elections.

Mahmoudian, a member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) or Mosharekat, was imprisoned on 16 September 2009. He was initially held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison but was later transferred to Rajaei Shahr prison in Karaj.

Despite suffering from health complications since May 2011, Mahmoudian was never granted furlough during 924 days he spent behind bars.

The political journalist and blogger was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in documenting cases of torture and sexual abuse at the Kahrizak detention centre.

In July 2009, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei ordered the closure of the centre after reports that detainees held at the jail died as a result of torture.

Photo of Mahmoudian after release

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