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Witness Statement: Fariba Davoodi Mohajer

42. On three separate occasions I was confronted with other detainees. The purpose of this was to testify against the others. One time they confronted me with Sahaji and filmed the encounter. They wanted me to testify against Sahaji but I refused. After Sahaji left, my interrogator yelled at me and asked me why I had refused to listen to them. Another time they confronted me with Ali Afshari. Judge Haddad was also present during this session. Yet another time they brought me face to face with Seyyed Montazeri. After he left they cursed me and used words like “stupid,” “idiot,” “dirty” and “traitor.”

43. Of course I had my own “red line,” and I refused to allow them to insult me mercilessly. After all their interrogation methods failed to yield results, I refused to confess, my husband continued to give radio interviews (despite my requests from prison) and international media and human rights organizations began to pressure the government of Iran, the PIA had no choice but to release me. My presence [in detention] was no longer to their advantage.

44. After a month and a few days I was released from detention after posting bail. But my freedom was subject to monitoring and surveillance. After my release I was confronted with two problems.

The Psychological Effects of Detention


45. The first problem was the psychological effect of caused by the abuse [I suffered] in prison. I would regularly get lost on the way to and from home. I wouldn’t know where I was, even though I was raised in Tehran and was completely familiar with the area around my home. And sometimes I fell out of my bed and had terrifying nightmares about torture, insults and abuse.

46. The second problem related to the harassing telephone calls and illegal surveillance conducted by the PIA. One of the members of the PIA who was a commander of the Law Enforcement Forces once told me that they currently used “soft tactics” to fight the opposition. He described this method of suppression as a way of imprisoning the opposition in an open space. This strategy involved persecution, telephone warnings, surveillance of political activists, summoning [of these individuals] to [the offices of] judicial authorities, and forcing them to report on their activities. The aforementioned person described this strategy to be extremely useful, and told me that with this strategy the target did all the work and there was no longer a need to monitor them. Even though the target is not really free, the strategy allows the regime to escape criticism from international human rights organizations.

47. After being freed from the secret prison, the PIA subjected me to these [soft arrests.] They called me and threatened me many times. They had me under surveillance, stopped my car from time to time and interrogated me, and summoned me to court occasionally and interrogated me there for hours. This method of interrogation and unlawful surveillance was repeated several times.

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