Death of Baloch Student Under IRGC Intelligence Torture

Mahmoud Rakhshani, a 19-year-old Baloch student from Zabul, Sistan-Baluchistan Province

13 December 2023 22:50


Hengaw: Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Mahmoud Rakhshani, a 19-year-old Baloch student from Zabul, Sistan-Baluchistan Province, lost his life due to severe torture inflicted by the Revolutionary Guards' intelligence department. He spent three months in a coma before succumbing to his injuries.

According to a report received by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights on Monday, December 11, 2023, Mahmoud Rakhshani, enrolled in the pre-university course at Hosseini School in Zabul, passed away at "Amir al-Mominin" hospital in Zabul. This case stands as the latest instance of government-sponsored murder by the security institutions of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

During Mahmoud Rakhshani's coma, IRGC intelligence exercised strict control over the hospital, preventing any media coverage of the situation, as reported by the Haalvsh news website. It is worth noting that Mahmoud's father, a construction worker, recently suffered a stroke.

IRGC intelligence authorities compelled Mahmoud Rakhshani's family to withhold their son's body until they obtained forced consent. The family reluctantly took possession of Mahmoud Rakhshani's body on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 12, and laid him to rest on December 13.

Mahmoud Rakhshani was abducted on Sunday, September 3, 2023, from his family home in Zabul by the Revolutionary Guards' intelligence without providing any legal documentation.

The IRGC's intelligence forces, alleging the presence of weapons, raided Mahmoud Rakhshani's family home. After a search yielded no weapons, they apprehended Mahmoud and subjected him to torture in the detention center with the intent of extracting a confession. Tragically, he fell into a coma due to a blow to the skull.

The Statistics and Documentation Center of the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights records that, since the beginning of this year, at least 10 prisoners have lost their lives under torture in Iranian prisons. Among them, two were Baloch prisoners, and seven were Kurdish prisoners. This distressing pattern underscores the urgent need for scrutiny and accountability within the Iranian prison system.

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