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Witness Statement: Fariborz Baghai

20. The agents took me to their headquarters located in the former national council center, called Majlis Komittee. Kommittees were set up early days of the revolution but by then, they were wellestablished bodies in Iran’s political structure. I was not blindfolded when I got there. I was taken to a room which held twenty or thirty persons. Some of them were addicted; others were prominent leaders of the former regime. Four or five hours later, around early morning, somebody called, “Fariborz Baghai, collect your stuff and come!”

21. This time, I was blindfolded and moved around the city. I think they stopped behind the national council building and told me to put my head down because I was in a moat and my head might touch the ceiling. It was not true. They wanted to make me afraid. They put me in a solitary cell that smelled of urine and was very dirty. There was a mat, a Quran and a religious book called Mafateh-al janan. I was kept there for three days. It was Ramadan month. I was fed only one time at midnight before dawn and one time at dusk. After three days, they blindfolded me, told me to put my head down again and transferred me to another location. There a man registered me and asked if I was a professor and member of the Tudeh Party. I replied that I was one of the leaders of the Tudeh Party. He said that I had two options; lashes (turning his moustache) or cooperate with them. I said, “I defended you within the framework of the Tudeh Party. Our policy is to support you because we believe you are revolutionary democrats and against imperialism. We have common interests and therefore, we support you. He said, “Tie him to the bed.” They tied me to the bed and then asked, “Do you want to cooperate now or not?” I said “I’m cooperating with you and have defended you all the time.” He said, “No, this is not what we want.” He did not beat me that day and ordered a guard to take me to my room.

22. Around 11 or 12 o’clock that night, they came behind me again, blindfolded me and ordered me to put my head down. They put me in a Peykan car. There were two Mujahedin women in the car with me. One of the women said that she was arrested without any reason. She said she was the daughter of an ayatollah (I have forgotten his name now). Both of them quarreled with the guards inside the car and insulted them. The guards told them to shut their mouths and cover their eyes. I lowered my blindfold because I believed there were some misunderstanding and they would release me soon. So far they had not used violence against me apart from the threat to cover my eyes and put down my head.

23. We entered Evin. There are many hills near Evin. When we went up and down the hills, I guessed we were about to arrive at Evin. Many cars came and left. Later I found out that the cars dropped Mujahedin detainees. They took me to a room. The Mujahedin were protesting and hitting the wall. I decided to move my blindfold up to see what was going on. I saw some guards hitting a detainee.

24. There was no police force and the Basij was not established then. The plainclothes agents who defended the regime were a bunch of clandestine vulgar people called Sepah (IRGC). Sepah was not a distinguished force then. When Iraq attacked Iran, Sepah was divided into two sections. One was the revolutionary committees which had the responsibility to maintain security in the cities, like police forces; the second was military forces that fought against the Iraqi forces alongside the Army. The moment I moved my blindfold up, someone slapped me very hard with his coarse hand. He seemed to be waiting for me to move my blindfold. My tooth became loose. I asked to see a dentist. The guard started to insult and curse me.

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