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Witness Statement: Ensafali Hedayat

59. One day, the judge of the First Branch of Revolutionary Court, Mr. Naghvi, came to see me in the Public Prison, and informed me that if I withdrew my complaints against the Law Enforcement Forces and plainclothes individuals who mistreated me, I could be released with bail. I did not agree, and told the judge that I would not do it. My court was postponed because of my complaint, and I stayed in prison for another month and half. This period neither counted towards my prison term, nor was I free. My internal bleeding worsened due to lack of access to a doctor and warm water. After Tasu’a and Ashura1 of that year I was approached by the same reformists who had said nothing regarding my condition [of confinement] until my release from the intelligence office. My uncle’s son, who was an influential member of the police, also came to meet me. It was after these meetings that I was eventually taken to the infirmary of the central prison in Tabriz.

60. Eventually the judge came to prison and informed me that I would be released if I paid 300 million toman. I told him I didn’t have that kind of money. Because of this I remained in detention until my court convened.

My Trial

61. My first court session convened on April 11, 2004 and was closed to the public. I complained and informed them that I should be tried in the Press Court pursuant to a jury since the charges were related to my career as a journalist. My next court session convened in the Revolutionary Court. It was an open session but there was no jury. Many journalists, friends and influential members of the reform movement were present during these court sessions.

1 Shi’a religious ceremonies commemorating the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prohpet Muhammad.

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Cyber Journalism, Secret Prisons, Imprisonment, Travel Restrictions