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Rajabali Mazrui Mentioned in a Complaint Letter by One of the Accused in the “Internet Case”

One of the Accused in the Internet Sites Case Confesses to Spying for Foreign Powers

In a letter addressed to Rajabali Mazrui (the head of the Journalists Union), Javad Gholam Tamimi, one of the accused who is being detained in the case of the “internet sites,” confessed to spying for foreign powers and requested that Mazrui cease any and all action in his defense.

A copy of this five-page letter was sent to the Islamic Republic News Agency by the head of Evin Prison, and parts of the letter have been printed by various news outlets. Gholam Tamimi, who is also a member of the Journalists Union, referred to the announcement of the aforementioned union in calling for a gathering and demonstration in support of the detainees of the “Internet sites” case and said, “In order to correct the misunderstanding of some colleagues, I declare that a gathering in support of me is nothing more than a deceitful attempt.”

In his letter, Tamimi identified his charges as spying and treachery and said: “The mistakes I made during the past several years as a result of being misled by certain individuals have ultimately led me to commit crimes against the security of the nation. These crimes included dealing with, receiving money from and collaborating with the military attaché of a foreign embassy. In the course of forging these unlawful and illegitimate ties, I handed over documents and evidence which were requested by the military attaché.”

In his letter, Tamimi has apologized to the Iranian nation for his actions. In addressing Mazrui and the Journalists Union, Tamimi wrote: “I express my disgust at you and your union for attempting to take advantage of my name, and call for the prosecution of those individuals who seek to disrupt society in the name of protecting a criminal.”

In his letter, the detained journalist added: “If I had committed these crimes in any other nation, I would have been sentenced to death or life imprisonment. Yet instead of punishing me, the [benevolent] actions of the Islamic Republic, those in charge of my case, and prison officials have made me ashamed of [what I have done].

Tamimi wrote that he had never spent any time in solitary confinement and considered such reports to be mere speculation.

In his letter to Rajabali Mazrui, the detainee reminded Mazrui that “we have, on numerous occasions, recited the rejuvenating Kumayl prayer while in prison – your son (Hanif Mazrui) was one of those reciting this prayer.”

In another part of his letter, Tamimi indicated: “A while ago, a reporter from one of the news outlets who carried a message from you (Mazrui) and one of your colleagues urged me to say that I had spent time in solitary confinement and suffered psychological torture. But I refused because I could not disregard the most humanitarian and moral values, and shun the truth in an effort to damage the institutions of the Islamic regime.”

Gholam Tamimi also noted that prison officials treated him with kindness and worked with him so that he could rehabilitate himself.

Tamimi also wrote, “I don’t know what to do in response to all this kindness bestowed upon me by regime officials.” At the end of his letter he addressed the Iranian nation and insisted: “The honorable nation of Iran must know that I have no affiliation with these wayward unions (Journalists Union) and do not need the support of anyone but Almighty God and regime officials. I only request that each of them forgive me for my transgressions.”

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Free Speech, Right to Protest, Cyber Journalism, Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment, Punishment, Due Process, Right to an Attorney, Free Association, Political Freedom, Equality Before the Law, Discrimination