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Witness Statement: Fariba Davoodi Mohajer

19. The interrogation room was small and measured 1.5m in width and 170m in length. They sat me in a student desk facing the wall. They wanted me to use the desk to write down my confessions. Two or three interrogators would sit behind me and ask questions. A strong spotlight shined in my face. The interrogations lasted for hours. Sometimes the interrogators sat so close to me that I could hear their breathing and feel their breath on the back of my chador. The close proximity between me and my interrogators made me extremely uncomfortable.

Threats, Intimidation and Insults


20. My interrogators wanted me to repeat certain words and sentences. For example, they ordered me to say that I hated my husband, and that I was interested in a political activist. Or they told me to say that I am in love with someone else. They wanted me to repeat these sentences so that I would eventually believe them.

21. My interrogators also relied on psychological pressure. Some of these pressures were directed at members of my family. They said they would arrest my son and torture my husband. They said no one knows, or will ever know, where I am. That if I didn’t give in to their demands I would stay in this prison for a very long time. A couple of times they threatened to detain me with AIDS-infected prisoners so that I, too, would contract AIDS. They wanted to break me and render me hopeless by telling me that no one cares about my release or my whereabouts. A few times they even blamed me for the [possible] death of my mother. They would tell me that my mother is dying of heartache and that I would be responsible for her death. They fed me horrible information regarding the health of my mother and told me that she is seriously ill, and that if I refused to confess I would never see her again.

22. What I realized during the course of the interrogation was that before my arrest, they had conducted a lot of inappropriate research about my personal and family relationships. For example, they would ask why I had gone to a particular person’s house on a particular day, or why I had called them. Months had passed since the events they questioned me about. During the course of the interrogation, I realized that my arrest was not a sudden incident and that things weren’t as simple as I had originally imagined. I had been selected for targeting months ahead of time. If they found the slightest weakness in my family or personal life, [they would exploit that weakness] and do whatever they wanted.

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