Iran news in brief, September 5, 2019

U.S. Designates Iran Regime’s Petroleum Shipping Network That Supports IRGC The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on a vast petroleum shipping network run by Iran’s regime that supports the terrorist Revolutionary Guards Quds Force and that has moved hundreds…

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U.S. Designates Iran Regime’s Petroleum Shipping Network That Supports IRGC

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on a vast petroleum shipping network run by Iran’s regime that supports the terrorist Revolutionary Guards Quds Force and that has moved hundreds of millions of dollars to the Assad regime and Lebanese Hizballah.
The Treasury said in a statement on September 4, 2019: “The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control took action against a large shipping network that is directed by and financially supports the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force and its terrorist proxy Hizballah.”
Over the past year, the Quds Force has moved oil worth hundreds of millions of dollars or more through this network for the benefit of the brutal Assad regime, Hezbollah, and other illicit actors, the Treasury said.
Senior Quds Force official and the regime’s former Minister of Petroleum Rostam Qasemi oversees this sprawling network, which features dozens of ship managers, vessels, and facilitators, the Treasury statement said.
This complex network of intermediaries enables the Quds Force to obfuscate its involvement in selling Iranian oil, it said, adding, that the IRGC-QF also relies heavily on Hizballah officials and front companies to broker associated contracts.

Iran Tortures Young Man to Death in Fars Province

Iranian authorities tortured a young man to death in Iran’s southern Fars Province a few days ago.
Reports indicate the state security forces picked up Javad Khosravanian from his home in Khorrambid on Friday, August 30.
He was then taken to a criminal investigation department in the city where he was beaten and tortured for hours by two agents identified as Akbari and Dehghan.
The agents then took him to the hospital, however, according to the medical staff in emergency department, he was dead before he reached there.
A video circulated on social media shows bruises and wounds all over Khosravanian’s body.
On Tuesday, hundreds of people in Khorrambid staged a demonstration outside the town’s Police precinct to protest against the heinous murder under torture of the 30-year-old man.

Notorious Warden Increases Pressure on Prisoners in Evin

According to reports, Gholamreza Ziaei, the new chief of the Iranian regime’s notorious Evin prison in Tehran, has been mounting repression against prisoners.
Ziaei has adopted new rules which puts more pressure on prisoners. One of these rules is the removal of health insurance plans for prisoners. This means that prisoners and their families are responsible to cover all the health and treatment costs of prisoners. Those who don’t have the money are deprived of medical treatment. Even if a prisoner is dying, they won’t be transferred to the medical center before paying for their treatment out of their own pockets.
This is while Iran’s State Prisons Organization and the judiciary to which it responds, as well as prison officials, are responsible for the health and wellbeing of detainees. However, prison authorities have little accountability to any independent body, especially when it comes to cases of political detainees.
The new restrictions also include limitation on family visits.

Woman Arrested for Sneaking Into Soccer Game Sets Herself on Fire Outside Tehran Court

According to state-run media a young woman set herself on fire outside a Tehran court after finding out she had to serve another six months of prison for trying to sneak into Azadi Stadium to watch a soccer game.
The Iranian regime bans female spectators from soccer games and other public sporting events in stadiums. The ban is not written into law or regulation, but is enforced by the country’s authorities.
The state-run RONKA News Agency said that the unidentified 29-year-old woman set herself on fire outside court on Monday.
The report said that she came out of court shouting and expressing strong grievances before dousing herself with gas and setting herself on fire.

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