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Evin on fire: What really happened inside Iran's most notorious prison

By Imogen Piper

25 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

From all the evidence gathered by WaPo, it looks like the fire that broke out at Evin prison in Iran was an inside job. Prisoners who tried to escape the fire were assaulted by prison guards.

For more than 40 years, Evin prison in Tehran has been the most visible symbol of the Islamic Republic's authoritarian rule, a menacing complex built on fear and absolute control. Unrest rarely breaches the prison walls.

But on the night of Oct. 15, massive fires tore through Evin, killing at least eight people and injuring 61, according to state media. Families of prisoners fear the true toll is much higher.

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