Home | English | Publications | Witness Testimony | Witness Statement: Kourosh Sehati

Witness Statement: Kourosh Sehati

7. It must be noted that the United Students Front had no intention of causing trouble with the Law Enforcement Forces and Ansar-i Hizbullah. Ours was the politics of non-violence. We were not involved in the conflict that arose between the students and Ansar-i Hizbullah and the Law Enforcement Forces. Another violent group student group was responsible [for the trouble]. This group had had several run-ins with both the Law Enforcement Forces and the Ansar-i Hizbullah before the events of July 9, 1999. [This group] had aggressively resisted the Law Enforcement Forces and the Ansar-i Hizbullah, and these [government forces] feared them. But they were also looking for an opportunity to get revenge against them. The students had grown bold as a result of their successes, and I think this was one of the main factors leading to the violence used by the Law Enforcement Forces against [us]. The Law Enforcement Forces wanted to teach these students a lesson.

8. The Law Enforcement Forces and the Ministry of Intelligence viewed me as one of the major instigators of the July 9, 1999 incident. One week after this incident, Ministry of Intelligent agents stormed our home. I had been tipped off a few hours prior to the Ministry of Intelligence’s attack. Several members of the Iran’s People Party, which had good relations with the United Students Front, informed me that they wanted to arrest me. (Indeed, several of my friends who were members of the United Students Front had already been arrested.) This is how I knew they were looking for me. My family was at home, but I wasn’t there.

9. The Ministry of Intelligence had secured my arrest warrant from Branch 6 of the Revolutionary Court. Even though Ministry of Intelligence agents knew I was not armed, they entered our home without permission and with weapons drawn. Our house had four levels. They simultaneously occupied all floors and proceeded to rummage through everything violently. My mom later told me that they had kicked the door wide open and entered the house by force. My mother wasn’t wearing a hijab. She began to argue with them, condemning them for pretending to be good Muslims while entering homes without permission and without allowing an opportunity for women to cover up. My mother was finally able to cover up and managed to hide some of my documents and writings. They couldn’t find me at home, but they abducted my brother (who is a year old than I am). They released him after midnight.

10. A few of my friends were convicted of heavy crimes. Akbar Mohammadi was sentenced to death. I spent some time in hiding. The July 9, 1999 incident came and went, the dust settled, things calmed down and I came out of hiding. Despite the fact that I had been charged with serious crimes, they failed to come after me.

« 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 »
  • Email to a friend Email to a friend
  • Print version Print version
  • Plain text Plain text

Tagged as:

Cyber Journalism, Secret Prisons