Evin prison fire death toll rises to 8, Iran says

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Iran’s judiciary raised the death toll Monday in a blaze at Tehran’s infamous Evin prison, saying that not less than eight prisoners had been killed as protests proceed nationwide.

Details nonetheless stay scarce over the fire at Evin prison, which broke out on Saturday evening as nationwide anti-government protests triggered by the death of a younger girl in police custody entered a fifth week.

The judiciary’s Mizan information company supplied the brand new toll, saying the prisoners had succumbed to their accidents Sunday from the incident.

It mentioned all these lifeless had been held on theft expenses. Mizan described the incident as a “combat between inmates and a fire,” although it supplied no proof to assist the declare. Activists exterior of Iran say they continue to be skeptical of the Iranian authorities’s claims, significantly as their latest descriptions of the nationwide protests have drastically differed with these on the bottom.

Flames and thick smoke rising from Evin had been broadly seen Saturday evening. In on-line movies, gunshots and explosions might be heard within the space of the prison.

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The blaze was extinguished after a number of hours and no detainees escaped, state media mentioned.

Authorities have tried to distance the occasions on the prison from the continued protests, whereas state media has supplied conflicting accounts of the violence. Hundreds are being held at Evin, the place human rights teams have reported repeated abuses of prisoners.

Mahsa Amini’s death sparks outrage

The protests erupted after public outrage over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody. She was arrested by Iran’s morality police in Tehran for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict gown code. Iran’s authorities insists Amini was not mistreated in police custody, however her household says her physique confirmed bruises and different indicators of beating after she was detained.

U.S. President Joe Biden, on a weekend journey to Oregon, mentioned the Iranian “authorities is so oppressive” and that he had an “monumental quantity of respect for folks marching within the streets.”

Evin prison, which holds detainees dealing with security-related expenses and contains twin residents, has been charged by rights teams with abusing inmates. The facility has lengthy been identified for holding political prisoners in addition to these with ties to the West who’ve been utilized by Iran as bargaining chips in worldwide negotiations.

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