Officers in Greater Tehran Central Penitentiary have beaten to death a 23-year-old civilian named Amir Hossein Hatami on 22 September after he spent about ten days in the prison.

The families and relatives of the civilian, who comes from Ilam province, gathered in front of the prison on 25 September, demanding that the prison authorities be held accountable for Hatami’s death.

However, so far, the authorities and the judiciary have remained silent about his death.

“About ten days ago, Amir Hossein Hatami, who had gone to one of the police stations in Tehran to follow up on his father’s car clearance letter, was arrested and transferred to the Greater Tehran Prison due to having a criminal case”, a relative of the victim told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

On 21 September, Hatami told his father in a brief phone call that he would be taken to hospital due to the beatings, said the relative, adding that “he could not speak”.

The source further stated that the family went to the hospital but were not allowed to visit their son.

“At 10:00 AM on Wednesday, 22 September, the prison authorities announced the death of the prisoner in the hospital.”

The source added that on 25 September, Hatami’s family received his body from the forensic medicine department of Tehran and transferred him to his birthplace in the village of Lorini Ghadim in the city of Sirvan, Ilam province.