Political prisoner Yasaman Aryani was beaten in the Kachouii prison of Karaj.
Several ordinary prisoners beat political prisoner Yasaman Aryani on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.
A well-informed source inside the prison reported that Ms. Aryani had recently been deprived of the small privileges granted to prisoners for participating in the prison’s cultural activities, including the library and theater. She objected to this and intended to meet with the head of the ward but was beaten by several ordinary women prisoners.
Iman Soleimani, Yasaman Aryani’s lawyer, said, “Following this incident, Yasaman Aryani’s father and I went to the Implementation of the Verdicts Unit, but we were not allowed to enter.”
Ms. Aryani was arrested for the second time on April 10, 2019, and transferred to the Vozara Detention Center in Tehran. She and her mother, Monireh Arabshahi, who was arrested the day after her daughter, were transferred to Ward 5 of Qarchak Prison in Varamin.
On August 13, 2019, the Revolutionary Court sentenced them to 16 years in prison on charges of “conspiring to act against national security,” “propaganda against the state,” and “inciting corruption and prostitution.”
The Revision Court later commuted the sentence of this mother and daughter to 9 years and 7 months in prison each.
The background on political prisoner Yasaman Aryani
Yasaman Aryani, 25, was arrested along with several young civil rights activists during the protests in August 2018 and transferred to Qarchak Prison in Varamin.
After a period of uncertainty in this prison, she was sentenced to one year on charges of “disturbing public order” and transferred to Evin Prison.
During the arrest, she released a video from inside the police van and announced her name and those arrested with her. Yasaman Aryani was arrested while helping another woman assaulted by police in front of the City Theater.
After her release from prison on February 13, 2019, civil rights activist Yasaman Aryani announced that her release with amnesty was only a show by government officials. After her release, she and Saba Kord Afshari spoke in an interview about prison conditions and the crimes committed against women prisoners.