In Iran, a building partly under construction near Teheran has been put on public display.
GV: Partly-built Savak prison near Teheran PAN OVER Prison blocks
SV: Armed guards in front of prison building
GV: Prison compound covered with snow
SV: Religious leaders, ambassadors with armed guards arriving in front of prison
SV AND CU: Armed guards outside entrance to prison block (2 shots)
SV: Pakistani Ambassador speaking to group in English
SV PAN OVER: Soldiers visitors and religious leaders
SV: Pakistani Ambassador continues speaking.
GV: Prison buildings
AMBASSADOR:"The land was taken over forcibly without payment and handed over to Savak for construction of this prison. The time at our disposal here is very short and we cannot explain in full the overall plan for the prison, which the former Shah had constructed, or wanted to construct for torturing the people of his country. It needs more time and he has construction plans which can be explained to visitors when and if they came again."
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Background: In Iran, a building partly under construction near Teheran has been put on public display. It is said to have been designed as a prison and torture ???ntre for the Savak police under the regime of the former Shah, now in ???ile in Panama.
SYNOPSIS: Work has stopped on the project which is now a symbol of the end of the feared Savak, often condemned for cruelty against political prisoners despite frequent assurances from the former Shah that such practises had been halted. After the overthrow of the Shah's regime, Savak officials and agents were hunted with particular vigour, and often executed.
When the party-completed prison was opened for view, the group of interested visitors included religious leaders and ambassadors. It was in centres like this that Amnesty International claimed political prisoners were beaten, burnt with cigarettes, deprived of sleep and stung with nettles. Pakistan's ambassador said similar practices were planned for this prison.
With the end of the Savak secret police, this building has taken on the character of a national monument to the victims of torture.