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Witness Statement: Kourosh Sehati

20. During my transfer from court to the detention facility I got in an argument with some of the Revolutionary Guards agents. They beat me ruthlessly. They grabbed me by the neck and threw me in the car. Then they punched and kicked me. They blindfolded us again and took us to a detention facility, which I later determined was at Eshratabad, a military base run by the Revolutionary Guards. I had been severely bruised and had sustained injuries to my eyes and ribs as a result of my violent encounter with the Revolutionary Guards intelligence agents. They failed to let me see a doctor for several days. I complained a lot. They finally took me to an ophthalmologist. They left me with the doctor. I took off my blindfold and noticed the name Najmiyih Hospital above the doctor’s prescription letterhead. Najmiyih Hospital was founded by Mrs. Najam-ul Saltaneh, Dr. Mossadiq’s mother, and is currently administered by the Revolutionary Guards. I found it ironic that I’d been taken there by the Revolutionary Guards because I had participated in a gathering commemorating Dr. Mossadiq.2

21. They threw me in solitary confinement yet again. The solitary cell was extremely small – it was about 1.5m by 2m. Confinement in that cell was a form of torture. No only do they withhold information from the detainee but they feed him lies. For instance, they tell you that they’ve arrested someone and that that person has accused you of certain acts. They let me meet [my family] only once during the duration of my stay in solitary confinement. During that meeting I decided to show my family my blood-stained clothes in order to let them know what had happened to me there. The guard noticed my clothes and informed my interrogator. One of them came and said, “You want to play the hero and tell them that we beat you?” They confiscated my clothes and sent them to the dry cleaners. Of course, they charged me for the service. They told my family to visit me the day after.

The Interrogations

 

22. At Eshratabad the interrogations started from the first evening and were extremely violent. The interrogations were long and exhausting, and usually occurred during the evenings. I was blindfolded.

23. The interrogators wanted to break us. They threatened and cursed us. They cursed both me and my friends. They accused the families of politically active [reformers] of unmentionable crimes. They woke me up in the middle of the night and subjected me to questioning sessions conducted by multiple interrogators. They sat me in a school desk facing the wall. If they wanted me to write down the answer to a question, they allowed me to slightly adjust my blindfold. The interrogators always sat behind me. Sometimes several people sat behind me – other times there was only one individual. Interrogations lasted for 6 to 7 hours. When one interrogator got tired, another one would replace him and continue with the same questions.

2 Muhammad Mossadiq was the Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 to 1953. He initiated the nationalization of Iran’s oil industry and was overthrown as a result of a coup engineered by U.S. and British intelligence forces in 1953.

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