Soada Khadirzadeh committed suicide after being threatened by the intelligence agents in the Central Prison of Urmia.
Soada Khadirzadeh, the mother of a two-month-old baby, hanged herself in the women’s ward of Urmia Prison on Thursday, August 18, 2022, two days after being summoned by the agents of the Intelligence and Counter-intelligence Department of the Central Prison of Urmia.
It is said that she also gave pills to her two-month-old baby before committing suicide.
After the suicide attempt was committed under the pressure of the agents of the Ministry of Intelligence, other prisoners acted on time and pulled the scarf with which Soada Khadirzadeh had hanged herself.
The physical condition of this imprisoned mother along with her two-month-old baby was very serious and they were transferred to the prison’s hospital.
On August 16, 2022, the agents of the Ministry of Intelligence summoned Soada Khadirzadeh, interrogated and pressured her to reveal the name of the person who reports the news of the women’s ward of Urmia Prison to human rights organizations.
Who is Soada Khadirzadeh?
Political prisoner Soada Khadirzadeh, 32, from Piranshahr, was married with two children. She was one month pregnant at the time of her arrest. Security forces arrested her on October 14, 2021. The reasons for her arrest and charges against her are not known. On November 8, 2021, she was transferred from the Revolutionary Guards Intelligence Detention Center to the Central Prison of Urmia. During her detention, she was denied visitation with her family and access to an attorney.
She was on hunger strike from April 26 to May 7 to protest the ambiguous condition she was left in for seven months in Urmia Prison. She ended her hunger strike after 11 days when she was promised a transfer to a medical facility by the prison authorities or that she would be released on bail. On the eighth day of her strike, she fainted in the central hall of Urmia Prison due to starvation.
She then published an audio file revealing that she was being held as a hostage in prison and that the prison authorities had threatened her to obtain a forced confession.
In early June, one medical practitioner said that Soada should be transferred to the hospital immediately. The prison authorities did not allow her transfer and the pregnant prisoner remained deprived of medical care throughout June.