Prison guards at the Greater Tehran Central Penitentiary killed prisoner Saman Darvishi under torture on 8 May, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned.

The 31-year-old prisoner, from Harsin in Kermanshah province, was arrested about a year ago for robbery.

The prisoner was also beaten several times last year on the pretext that he had injured a law enforcement officer while in custody, KHRN has learned.

According to statistics compiled by the KHRN, between 21 March 2022 and 21 March 2023, at least 17 Kurdish civilians died as a result of torture and beatings in detention or committed suicide due to pressure in prison.