Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh
A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and former prisoner of conscience has suggested that the regime may be giving detainees with no history of drug use lethal doses of methadone in order to provide death certificates showing an overdose rather than torture as the cause of death in order to cover up the prevalence of torture and support the regime’s false claims that imprisoned protesters and activists are addicts who died of an overdose.
Speaking to an independent Persian Iranian TV station based in London about the deaths in detention of protesters who participated in recent anti-regime demonstrations, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was imprisoned for three years from 2010 to 2013 during a regime crackdown on human rights activism, said, “I received a call from a prison in Iran telling me that that, in a methodical way, the detainees [protesters] are taken to cells where officials of the judiciary are present in the cells, and the detainees have been told to tell the prison officials that they want methadone. It’s possible that those who lose their lives in detention [under torture] after being arrested will be represented as addicts, therefore such strategies are perhaps engineered; however, I hope that my impression regarding this situation is wrong.”
The interviewer asked Sotoudeh, “In which prisons are you suggesting that such incidents have happened, based on the words of the detainees’ families? Is it in Evin Prison?”
The prominent lawyer replies in the affirmative, “Yes, yes, it happened in Evin Prison.”