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Witness Statement: Mahdis

41. I was a member of a women’s charitable organization of Karaj. I played Daf4 and I distributed Ayatollah Boroujerdi’s books at religious ceremonies, as well as fundraisers for orphans and gatherings at which we helped collect dowries for brides from underprivileged families. Some women portrayed God in a horrifying way. I told them to read Ayatollah Boroujerdi’s books so that they could see what Islam really teaches, and that what was being done in Islam’s name was not right.

42. Two books by Ayatollah Boroujerdi were published at this time. One was “Rain in a Scorched Desert” and the other one was “Sayings of the Wise Man.” Sales of both books, however, were banned. As a result, Ayatollah Boroujerdi gave the books to those close to him and we were responsible for distributing them. On July 18, 2007, someone called our house from the Revolutionary Court and informed me that I had to appear in court on July 21, which was a Saturday. At that time I was involved in distributing Ayatollah Boroujerdi’s books. While on the phone, I asked, “How can I be sure that this is not a prank call? I have not received any written summons.”

Leaving Iran


43. I did not go to my trial this time. Instead, I purchased a ticket and escaped to Turkey on August 23, 2007. At that time, I believed that anyone who was summoned to court was arrested on the spot without being arraigned.

44. I have gone through a lot. My life changed forever. I could not get married in Iran, because I was worried that any person whom I would marry might turn out to be a bad person and might tell my family that I had been raped. Therefore, I did not think about marriage. But I got engaged in Turkey and have told my fiancé everything. Having sex is difficult for me. I don’t enjoy it. I am forced to fake it, and I dread it whenever my fiancé wants to have sex with me. During sex, I remember being raped, and I hit and bite my fiancé. I often have nightmares and am miserable for days. I am condemned to this life because I can never forget those memories.

4 Daf is a Persian drum.

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