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Witness Statement: Mahmoud Roghani

Transfer to Evin

58. Later they told me, Azin (Mahmoud Etemadzadeh) who was a writer, Hajari and Mehdi Hassani to pack all of our items. They took us in a car that we called “khorkh7 to Evin. We were sent to different wards there. I was sent to solitary cell 268 (or 368). The prisoners called the general wards “Shokalatiha” (chocolate wards). I heard Zare’s voice from a cell across from me. Later, I listened to Dr. Shahchi’s conversation with the prison authorities about the fact that Zare had an ulcer and his stomach was bleeding. He could not eat. Later I found out that Zare was given an injection every time before he ate.

59. I was living with a Mujaheed in one cell in Evin. His name was Mehran and he was a member of the military affairs of the MEK. One day, a guard came to my room and asked if I wanted to buy books. I wanted to read something and it was not important what it was. I paid for it from my pocket money. It was a picture book. I saw that it was a propaganda book that the Islamic Republic had published to demonstrate the atrocities by the MEK. I was surprised when I saw my cellmate’s picture in the book. Then he told me that he had emptied four machine gun cartridges of bullets into IRGC officers who were in a pool. There were pictures of three IRGC officers that my cellmate claimed he had tortured and killed with cyanide injections. ” to Evin. We were sent to different wards there. I was sent to solitary cell 268 (or 368). The prisoners called the general wards “Shokalatiha” (chocolate wards). I heard Zare’s voice from a cell across from me. Later, I listened to Dr. Shahchi’s conversation with the prison authorities about the fact that Zare had an ulcer and his stomach was bleeding. He could not eat. Later I found out that Zare was given an injection every time before he ate.

60. Everyday, a guard took Mehran to an interrogation room to help them interrogate other MEK prisoners. He usually came back to the cell around 7:00 PM. He was a strong believer and kept a fast every day. He was 24 years old and a student of information technology before being arrested. I used to save some food for him to break his fast. He requested that I get up at midnight and eat with him. He sang songs for me.

61. One day he did not return. I had kept some food for him. He did not return the next day or the day after that. At that time, I received Islamic Republic newspapers every day. I read them regularly to find out if his name was among the list of executed people. His name was not there. His clothes were still in the cell.

62. One night he came back. He had grown a long beard and was very exhausted. I asked him where he had been. He said, “I don’t know. They moved me around.” Then, he looked at me and went and stood behind the door’s small window so that nobody could see us. He moved his shirt upward. His body was extremely bruised. He then moved his pants down and showed me his feet. Likewise, they were blue. He was in extreme pain. I got hemorrhoids in prison and visited Dr. Shahchi to get injections to stop the bleeding. Although my bleeding never stopped in prison. Anyhow, once a week I visited Dr. Shahchi. Mehran looked at me and said, “May I ask you a favor, please? Make an excuse and go to Dr. Shahchi and ask him to give me a painkiller injection so that I sleep well tonight.”

63. I agreed. I knocked on the door and asked the guard to take me to Dr. Shahchi. I explained the situation to Dr. Shahchi and he agreed to help him. He said that he’d come to the door and call my name but instead of me, Mehran should put his back towards the door and he would give him the pain killer injection. After some pleasantries with the guards, Dr. Shahchi came and gave Mehran an injection. He ate some food and fell asleep. The next day, I asked him what happened to him. He said that they made him deliver speeches for MEK members in different cities. I asked why he was beaten so badly. He said that he did not betray two teachers that he knew and therefore he was subjected to further interrogation and beatings when the government discovered this new information.

7 Khorkh means rattling in Persian.

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Imprisonment, 1988 Prison Massacre, Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment, Punishment, Free Speech, Right to Protest