US sanctions brother of Iranian Soleimani for prison conditions

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For alleged human rights abuses including the treatment of political prisoners in Evin Prison, the United States issued economic sanctions against Sohrab Soleimani, the former the head of the Tehran Prisons Organization, who is also the brother of Quds Force commander Gen. Qasem Soleimani. The OFAC statement claimed Iranian officials oversaw the beatings of more than 30 prisoners in April 2014 at Evin Prison. The wife of prisoner of conscience Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand, a Kurdish journalist serving an 11-year prison term, told the international rights organization Amnesty International that her husband was kicked and punched by guards so badly that he lost consciousness. At that time, Sohrab Soleimani was the head of the Tehran Prisons organization, and the US alleges its sanctions are for “having acted for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly”. Evin Prison has been known for its jailing of people deemed to be political dissidents, including those believed to have ties various Kurdish political parties such as the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (PDKI)

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