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Witness Statement: Fariborz Baghai

100. In February 1990, my sentence reduced to 20 years imprisonment and in February 1991, 20 years reduced to 10 years imprisonment. I should have been released but I was not. Because they argued the times that I had spent without any sentence would not be counted in my sentence.

101. I heard that Reynaldo Galindo-Pohl, special representative of the United Nation, was coming to Iran. He had the names of some prisoners with himself. Around this time, I was asked to work in the medical clinic of Evin. It was the first time; I worked in Evin health clinic. There were a few dozen political prisoners in Evin- around thirty to forty Mujahedin, Abbas Amir Entezam, from Iran National Front, Amoui from Tudeh Party and four or five other prisoners who were member of Cherikhai Jangle (Forest Guerrillas). The rest were all ordinary prisoners.

102. Evin changed when ordinary prisoners came. With Khomeini’s death, Hashemi Rafsanjani introduced free market economy. Dealings of goods started in Evin. You could find everything in Evin even drugs. Prostitute and women charged with illicit moral crimes were brought to Evin. I was their doctors.

103. When Tudeh Party members outside Iran find out that I was alive, gave my name to the United Nation Human Rights Commission. I was in Evin health clinic that Reynaldo Galindo Pohl came. He asked what he could do for me. I told him that I had a legal problems and that was from what dates his detention would count. I said that I was pardoned but I was not released. I told him that my issue with the prison authority was that they count my imprisonment from the day my sentence changed from execution to imprisonment. He said he would address it with the authorities. Eventually, I was released in February 1993.

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Imprisonment, 1988 Prison Massacre, Free Speech, Right to Protest, Equality Before the Law, Discrimination