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Witness Statement: Mitra Lager

37. I assumed my interrogator would believe that the place I feared the most was the appropriate venue for my interrogation. Consequently, I begged my interrogator not to send me back to Jahrom. I told him that my entire family was in Tehran. The more I begged my interrogator to keep me at Evin, the more he insisted that he would send me to Jahrom.

38. After one month, I was called to pack my belongings; when I packed my belongings, I was escorted into what seemed to be an abandoned building. Once I was inside the building, the guards escorted a male prisoner into the building and sat him down next to me. Then, they left the room, closed the doors and left me alone with the male prisoner. We sat there, blindfolded, for several hours without looking at one another; neither of us could muster the courage to look up and see if we were truly alone.

39. After 2 or 3 hours of sitting there in silence, someone came back into the room and whispered, “You can hold this boy’s hand – he is your brother.” I could not believe it! He had been arrested six months before me. I ran into my little brother in an abandoned building at Evin prison. It was absolutely surreal. We were so happy to see each other; we embraced cried in each others arms. After that, they took my brother’s hand and I took his hand, and we marched towards the car that would take us back to our hometown.

40. My brother and I were both terrified to return to Jahrom because we were afraid of what Aqueduct group would do to us upon our return. Due to my gender, I thought they might spare my life but I knew there was a very real danger that they would kill my little brother.

41. Before I was taken to prison I had heard rumors that upon hearing about the situation they had created in Jahrom, Ayatollah Montazeri had become incensed with Aqueduct group and had set off to take care of the issue himself. Seeing how nervous my little brother was, I told him not to worry because I didn’t think Aqueduct group was around anymore.

42. Upon our arrival in Jahrom, I was taken to a make-shift detention facility in town. The detention facility was a broken down building with a hall, a bathroom and two or three holding cells. There were no individual locks on the cells and I was free to wander within the building as I pleased. I could even go to the bathroom whenever I felt the need. There wasn’t any other prisoner there. There was a cook on site who made the prisoners the same food as the guards. In short, it was a much more comfortable existence than Evin. I was kept for a few days in this facility.

43. I was interrogated a few times in that facility; it was the first and only non-violent interrogation I’ve ever experienced. I sat at a table facing my interrogator. My eyes were not blindfolded. When my interrogator asked me questions, he did so calmly. When I answered his questions, he simply wrote my answers down. There was no screaming, no beating and no torture. I suspect my interrogator was acting so civilly towards me because of pressure from higher ups to treat people from Jahrom with civility, (due to the Aqueduct group fiasco).

44. At one point during my interrogation, my interrogator told me to pick up the phone and call my family. Although my mother and father were living in Tehran, my aunt was living in Jahrom and she was extremely excited to hear from me. I told her that I was in prison in Jahrom, that they were taking me to the Fasa facility in a few days and that they could visit us there.

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Imprisonment, 1988 Prison Massacre, Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment, Punishment, Free Speech, Free Association