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Witness Statement: Mahmoud Roghani

90. At night they brought food but who felt like eating? I asked Amoui to eat a bit. Six months had passed since I had last smoked. Amoui asked, “Mahmoud, do you smoke?” I said, “Amou, do you smoke too?” He said, “No. but when I see that our guys are depressed, I give it to them. Do you want one?” I said, “Yes” and added, “They are going to kill us anyway. We can smoke one cigarette”. We then tried to sleep but who felt like sleeping? We would turn from one side to another. Amoui asked if I was awake. I said, “I am, who would feel like sleeping?” He said, “Take this valium and sleep”. I said, “No, never mind”. He said, “Well, if they want to kill us tomorrow, at least you should have got a good night sleep”. I then took the valium and fell sleep after an hour. The same happened the next day. I told him that valium is addictive. He said, “You are not thinking about addiction under these conditions, are you?” I woke up the next day and told Amoui that I wanted to exercise. By then I was smoking packs of cigarettes.

91. After three or four days, they called Amoui and me and told us to leave with our belongings (probably August 26/27). We were afraid, but we kissed each other and said goodbye. The doors opened but instead of taking us down the steps, they took us one floor up to room 368. They opened the door and I saw Heybattollah Moyini there. He asked if we had heard about the executions. I said I had and continued that they had taken the guys from our ward. He said that from his cell, they had taken Fadayan members like Farhad Dadgar for execution.

92. They had their TV but its power was cut. A while before, I had picked up some paperclips from the prosecutor’s office. Heubattolah said, “I wish we could watch the news and see what is happening outside.” His cell had a toilet that had power. I plugged the pins and was able to turn the TV on. We saw on TV that the regime was talking about its success in the Mersad war.

93. On August 30, they took me and Heybattollah to court. Amoui, Heybattollah and I were all in one room. The guard came and called Heybattollah’s name and mine. We asked whether we should bring our belongings. He said no. In the hallway, we saw that many were waiting in a long line. We joined the line. We entered ward 209. I talked to Heybattolah while waiting in line and told him that I would answer the questions this way. He said, “I will tell them that I am not a Muslim and I don’t believe in them; they can do whatever they want.” As we were approaching ward 209, I saw two armed guards. I realized that they did the executions there. They took us into the ward in groups. When we got to the top of the stairs, they lined us along a wall. There was a door that led to Evin’s clinic and I noticed that the door was locked from the outside. Then, one of the guards gave a key to another one. The guard took the key and opened the door from the inside. Then the second guard gave another key to the first guard and he unlocked the outside lock. The guards did not have the keys to their assigned areas. If one guard wanted to go in or out, another guard had to give him the key. When the door opened and I entered, I heard the voice of Haji Sharifi and Haji Mousa in the hall. They were guards from the Kommittee Moshtarak. I noticed that they brought the guards from the Kommittee Moshtarak to ensure the security of those awaiting execution. The guards at Evin were not in charge of security. I saw people sitting in corners and writing. All of them were young. I was wearing a blindfold but I could pull it up with my eyebrows secretly and see around. I saw Haji Mojtaba. He was in charge of ward 368. He took Mehran Asdaghi from Ward 368 and executed him. I could see him beating our guys. He kicked their heads, beat them and yelled asking why they turned their heads and coughed. Coughing meant that you were trying to deliver a message. They took Heybat and I to another area where there was a pillar and some steps that went down. Apparently, that area was the place where they hung prisoners from cranes. We stood there. They said, “Sit on the ground with crossed legs and face the wall.” My back hurt. I heard the voice of Haji Sharifi and he quietly asked me how I was. I said, “I am not bad,” and added that, “I have a backache and can not sit with crossed legs”. I asked him if I was allowed to stand. He said that it was allowed as long as I faced the wall. He warned me to make sure that Haji Mojtaba could not see me; otherwise, he would beat me. Haji Mojtaba was the security officer of Evin prison. Then he came and asked, “Do you have kids?” I said, “yes, two.” He said: “thank god” and added, “Do you have a sentence?” I said: “yes, 15 years.” He said, “thank god.” Then he said in a quite voice, “Mr Sayyed, be very careful not to give wrong answers, ok?” I had attempted to commit suicide before. Now because of that, they respected me.

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