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Witness Statement: Mahmoud Roghani

42. The pressure on me decreased. There was some information that I still withheld and did not share with them. I think they knew that I had not exposed everything I knew but let me go for a while. Randomly, they called me and asked some questions to keep me under pressure. For example, two or three months later, they called me and tied me to a bed again. It was not serious. They asked me who was the contact person between the Tudeh party and Fedayan Party (the Majority). I said I had no information. My interrogator asked whether I was not the head of the labor section of the Party. I said that I only conducted joint meetings. He said, “This is the contact person. What does contact mean? You were the contact person.”

43. A few more months passed. Dr. Shahchi came and gave me my broken teeth that he had kept in cotton. He said, “Keep them as souvenirs from your time in prison.” After my failed suicide attempt, they had broken my teeth to give me artificial breathing because my jaws were locked.

Prison Situation

44. It is important here to say some words about an incident that later became known as the “coup.” The government claimed that the Party wanted to overthrow the government. This claim goes back to April 27, 1983 when the government struck the second blow to the Party. One day the guards came and locked the doors from the inside with large locks. The doors opened like table drawers. Nobody could open them from outside. I was in cell 10 ward 2 of Komittee Moshtrak and next to me was Reza Sheltok, a military officer of the Tudeh Party who had been in prison for 25 years during the monarchy system. The main corridor had many sub-corridors. The solitary cells were located in these smaller and narrower sub-corridors. There were around two or three cells in every corridor. The main corridor ended in a torture room.

45. The guard came and warned us “to keep quite.” He said “From now on, I should not hear your voices.” There was absolute silence in the ward. I could hear the footsteps of the clerics and the wardens in the ward. They stopped in front of each room. We could hear doors being unlocked and prisoners being taken to the torture room. A few minutes later, we could hear shouting and screaming. Sometimes we could hear the sound of the whipping, too. I didn’t know why they left the door of the torture room open. During those nights, the torture continued throughout the night. I don’t think they were interrogating. They were just beating the prisoners on those nights.

46. I was taken two times for interrogation at that time. They asked me about the “coup” and the reason we wanted to overthrow the government. My interrogators said, “You were supposed to bring the workers to the street to support the coup. You have had a maneuver in this regard.” I said, “It was true that we (the Tudeh Party) had organized workers to come out to the street but in fact, it was an anti-coup maneuver. We did it because we thought that if supporters of the monarchy attempted a coup, we should bring workers to the street to oppose them and support the Islamic Republic.”.

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