Christian prisoner Farshid Fathi was moved from Evin prison (Tehran) to Rajai Shahr prison* in nearby Karaj on Tuesday 19 August. The reason for this sudden move is unknown. He is detained in an open cell with hardened criminals and drug addicts. In this tense atmosphere he asks for prayers for his safety.
Farshid’s relocation follows the transfer of other Evin inmates to Rajai Shahr on Saturday 16 August, apparently because they were found to be in possession of items such as telephones, memory cards, cameras, and mp3 players. Farshid was relieved not to be among those moved last Saturday. He was given no answers when he tried to discover why he was being moved on Tuesday.
Due to the more aggressive nature of this prison a guard is constantly present in the cell to try to prevent the inmates from attacking each other, and Farshid is having trouble sleeping from fear of assault. Farshid had much favor with fellow inmates and guards in ward 350 of Evin. Now his situation has become a lot more precarious and unpredictable: please keep him in your prayers.
*Also known as ‘Gohardasht prison’, Rajai Shahr is where fellow Christian prisoner Saeed Abedini is also incarcerated.
For more information about Farshid and to read his letters from prison, visit www.freefarshid.org