Hackers have leaked soundless security camera footage from inside Iran’s notorious Evin prison showing the brutal treatment of inmates. The surveillance video shows inmates fighting, being hit by guards and dragged along the floor, and in one scene smashing a bathroom mirror in an attempt to use the glass to self-harm. In a tweet on Tuesday, the head of Iran’s prison organization confirmed the authenticity of the leaked security camera footage.
A Canadian government report on the downing of a Ukrainian jet has found no evidence it was “premeditated”, but said Iran was “fully responsible”. Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 was hit by two missiles after taking off from Tehran on 8 January 2020. All 176 people on board died. Iran – which was accused of hampering independent inquiries – has said it mistook the aircraft for a US missile.
The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday seized 36 Iranian-linked news website domains, accusing them of spreading disinformation, amid continued tensions between Tehran and Washington. The Justice Department said 33 of the seized websites, owned by a U.S.-based company, were used by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union (IRTVU), which it said was among components of the Iranian government targeting the United States with disinformation campaigns and malign influence operations.
Iran’s president-elect said Monday he would not meet with President Joe Biden or negotiate over Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its support of regional militias, sticking to a hard-line position following his landslide victory in last week’s election. Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi also described himself as a “defender of human rights” when asked about his involvement in the 1988 mass execution of about 5,000 people.
Iran’s largest navy warship has sunk in the Gulf of Oman after catching fire. Iranian media did not give an explanation for the fire but said it had started at 2.25am local time on Wednesday. It happened in an area where there have been accusations of attacks on ships owned by arch-enemies Iran and Israel.
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter fired about 30 warning shots after Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboats came close to U.S. Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz, the Defense Department said Monday. The U.S. last week intercepted thousands of weapons from Iran in the North Arabian Sea that were bound for the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Last month, there were two tense incidents in the Persian Gulf between U.S. and Iranian vessels.
The first secretary at the Swiss embassy in Tehran was found dead on Tuesday after falling from a high-rise building where she lived in the north of the city, a spokesman for emergency services was quoted as saying by Iranian news agencies. Switzerland has represented U.S. diplomatic interests in Iran since Washington and Tehran cut ties shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The United States on Sunday denied a report by Iran’s state television that the arch-foes had reached a prisoner swap deal in exchange for the release of $7 billion frozen Iranian oil funds under U.S. sanctions in other countries. Iranian state television said on Sunday that Tehran would free four Americans accused of spying in exchange for four Iranians held in the United States and the release of the frozen Iranian funds.
Iran says it will increase its enrichment of uranium to 60% purity – its highest figure ever – bringing it closer to the levels needed for a nuclear weapon. It comes after an “attack” at the Natanz nuclear facility in the country which Iran has blamed on Israel as an act of sabotage. France says it is co-ordinating a response to Iran’s latest move with world powers, adding that it was a “serious” development.
Iran on Monday accused arch-foe Israel of sabotaging its key Natanz nuclear site and vowed revenge for an attack that appeared to be latest episode in a long-running covert war. Iran’s semi-official Nournews website said the person who caused an electricity outage in one of the production halls at the underground uranium enrichment plant had been identified. Iranian authorities described the incident a day earlier as an act of “nuclear terrorism.”