Iran's north-western border city of Tabriz was the scene of heavy fighting during the revolution that forced the Shah to leave and country.
GV Revolutionary head-quarters in Tabriz
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Poster of Ayatollah Khomeiny TO armed guards at entrance
GV Armed guards walking towards prison
SV Tank outside prison PAN TO bus leaving prison
SV Armed guards walking towards prison entrance
GV Savak agents brought into prison yard
SV PAN FROM Armed guard TO Savak agents lining up against wall AND PAN ALONG lineup (2 shots)
LV INTERIOR Prison chief carrying revolver escorted by armed guards passing row of cells
CU Savak men, alleged torturers, behind bars in cell
CU PAN FROM Padlock on cell door TO prisoner looking through barred door
CU Prison chief unlocking cell door to show Savak 'torturer' who allegedly killed twenty university students
CU Alleged torturer
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Background: Iran's north-western border city of Tabriz was the scene of heavy fighting during the revolution that forced the Shah to leave and country. Now, the members of Savak, his secret police, are in cells at Tabriz Prison awaiting trial. Among them are the area's former Material Law Administrator, Ahmad Bibabadi.
SYNOPSIS: After the fierce fighting in Tabriz which followed the return to Iran of the Ayatollah Khomeiny, the Revolutionary Command set up their local headquarters here, close to Tabriz Prison. Former agents of Savak, the Shah's secret police, are now being held in the prison pending trial.
For these agents the future is bleak although the Revolutionary authorities say none of the Savak men held here have been executed. The prison is heavily guarded by Revolutionary forces who are charged with maintaining law and order in Iran. More than two hundred and fifty people were reported killed in the city early last month (February) immediately following the Ayatollah's return to Iran.
Armed guards paraded several former Savak agents against a wall in the Tabriz Prison for newsmen to photograph. The authorities claim that several of the prisoners were torturers committing numerous atrocities while interrogating prisoners during the region of the Shah.
Newsmen were shown the cells holding the former Savak agents, by the revolver-toting Revolutionary commander of the prison. It is in these cells that the high security prisoners are kept -- the men who are alleged to have tortured many people Now they wait behind barred and padlocked doors for their trials and judgement under Islamic law.
This former Savak agent is accused of torturing and killing twenty students. Another prisoners is the former Martial Law administrator, Ahmad Bibabadi, who denies ordering the execution of seventeen people in the six month before the Shah's departure.