On Sunday, February 21, relatives of Behnam Mahjoubi confirmed the death of this imprisoned dervish. After months of torture in Evin Prison and a lack of necessary medical care, he was transferred from prison to Tehran’s Loghman Hospital.
There have been conflicting reports about his death under government censorship and judicial denials by executioners. Behnam Mahjoubi was suffering from severe epilepsy, and doctors had confirmed that he could not stand imprisonment.
But the regime’s torturers and interrogators denied his release. They aggravated his illness by not giving him his medication and feeding and injecting him with unknown drugs until he fainted and had to be taken to Loghman Hospital.
In December, Amnesty International announced that the ill prisoner had been tortured by being denied access to his medication. Behnam Mahjoubi had been arrested and imprisoned since 2017 on charges of participating in dervishes’ protests.