A Sunni prisoner of conscience, 40-year-old Ahmad Mohammadi, was beaten by prison guards in front of fellow prisoners at Bandar Abbas Central prison, southern Iran.
According to reports, prison guards raided the ward without explanation and began beating Ahmad Mohammadi, as prisoners looked on in shock.
According to the human rights group 'HRDAI', the guards inflicted a number of injuries on Ahmad. He was handcuffed and shackled, before being transferred to section 2 of Bandar Abbas prison.
Ahmad Mohammadi is from Qeshm Island, an island with a Sunni-majority population, located off the southern coast of Iran.
He was arrested in a raid in 2011, by officials from the Ministry of Intelligence. After several months in solitary confinement, under physical and psychological torture, he was forced to make false confessions.
He was detained for more than a year in Gohardasht prison in Karaj (also known as Rajai Shahr prison), before being transferred to Bandar Abbas Central prison, where he is currently being held in ward 2.
Numerous Sunni Muslims, especially those active in propagating Sunni Islam, have been imprisoned and even executed under false charges in politically motivated trials.
In 2011, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) stated that "Sunni Muslim leaders regularly are intimidated and harassed by intelligence and security services and report widespread official discrimination."