Thursday , 20 January 2022

Political prisoner Mehdi Darini self-immolated in Evin Prison to obtain his conditional release

Iran-HRM – Political prisoners Mehdi Darini set himself on fire on Wednesday, October 28, 2021, in Hall 9, ward 8 of Evin Prison in Tehran.

Mr. Darini has served more than one-third of his 5-year prison sentence. His charges include “assembly and collusion against national security,” and “propaganda against the state.”

Tehran’s Revolutionary Court initially sentenced Mehdi Darini to 11 years in prison of which five years will be implemented.

Mr. Darini and his family followed up to obtain his conditional release, to no avail. It was in protest to the clerical regime and prison authorities’ negligence that Mehdi Darini set himself ablaze in ward 8 on Wednesday, October 28.

Prisoners witnessing his attempt rushed and saved him. Mr. Darini suffered superficial burns in the face, neck and body and is presently hospitalized in Evin’s dispensary.

Mehdi Darini lives in Tehran. The IRGC Sarallah Corps arrested him on June 4, 2019, and transferred him to Ward 2A of Evin belonging to the Revolutionary Guards Corps. There, he underwent interrogations without having access to a lawyer.