Source: Radio Zamaneh
Jailed political prisoner Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani has challenged an MP who
recently visited Evin Prison, declaring that his statements about the conditions
there were fraught with "lies and delusions."
A letter by Faezeh Hashemi, which was dated January 27 and published on the
Kaleme website, refers to a delegation of MPs that visited Evin Prison on
January 23, following repeated complaints by political prisoners and opposition
websites about prison conditions.
Faezeh Hashemi writes: "Unfortunately, the reports by Mr. Naimi and the other
visiting MPs are not only mixed with lies and delusion but they are also very
tactless. We saw the signs of this tactlessness during the visit as this
individual treated the women prisoners with contempt; he denied the veracity of
their statements and soon pressed for the delegation to leave, saying he had to
get to his prayers on time."
Safar Naimi, one of the three MPs that visited Evin, told reporters that the
prisoners receive high-quality food, adding that "the name of the prison should
changed to Hotel Evin."
Faezeh Hashemi adds that the MPs had been given the responsibility to
investigate the prison conditions and "were accountable for reflecting the truth
as they actually saw it in the prisons and not simply as they saw fit."
Naimi had told the Bahar Daily: "As I visited the Women's Ward, which has Baha'i,
seditious, monafeggh and mojahed prisoners (referring to members of the
dissident group People's Mojahedin Organization), their leader, Ms. Faezeh
Hashemi, complained about the food and the presence of surveillance cameras in
the ward, which I believe goes back to her family situation because she never
ate the kind of food that we all eat."
Faezeh Hashemi is the daughter of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former
president and current head of the Expediency Council.
In response to MP Naimi's statement, Faezeh Hashemi said their request for the
removal of surveillance cameras had been strictly limited to those installed in
the bathroom and shower areas.
She also responded to the MP's statements about prison food, saying: "He talks
about my complaints about the bad quality of food in prisons and adds his own
evaluation of my family's situation, while neither I nor my inmates spoke a word
about prison food during the visit by the MPs."
She adds that in the Women's Ward, the inmates have long stopped eating the
prison food and do their own cooking.
Hashemi says: "In this part of his statement, the MP appears not only to have
fallen victim to his delusions and uttered complete lies, he also fails to hide
his latent prejudice and contempt for me and my family."
The statements by Safar Naimi were also challenged by Mohsen Mirdamadi, a
political prisoner in the men's ward of Evin Prison, who invited the MP to live
in Evin Prison if he truly likens it to a "hotel."
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