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Witness Statement: Fariborz Baghai

41. After fifteen months, Haj Amin asked me to announce that I was a spy in front of a camera in order to be released. I asked him to tell me what I and the Tudeh Party spied for and I would repeat it in front of TV camera. He said that he could not tell me what to say, I should come with a story myself. I told him that it had been fifteen months that I was in prison and he had not given me any evidence implicating the Tudeh Party in any espionage. He said “no, it doesn’t work like this.” I was sent back to solitary cell.

42. By February 1983, I had been in prison for nineteen months. During this time, I practiced my profession on one or two occasions. As torture and whipping were widespread, there were a lot of sick persons in prison. There was one doctor in prison whose name was Shahchi. He was Baloch and a supporter of the monarchy. The leftists and the monarchists were held in Komittee Moshtarak. Dr. Shahchi did not belong to any political party. He was an independent prisoner so he was allowed to practice medicine in prison. He sometimes paid me a visit and treated me. As I did not brush my teeth for long, my teeth were dirty and about to fall out.

43. Before Dr. Shahchi, two persons, both Turks from Azerbaijan who had no medical background, practiced medicine in the prison. They were assigned during the Shah’s regime to work in the health section because they did not want to take up arms during their compulsory military service. They continued their work in the health clinic. When my tooth ached, I left a note behind my door for the guard to inform the doctor that I needed help. The Turk passed by my cell and said, “Those who did not believe in God, did not need antibiotics either.” After a while, all my teeth fell out. I have artificial teeth now. They brought one of the Turkish persons who practiced medicine in prison to my cell to teach him medicine. He had studied until grade four. The more I taught him, the less he understood. Nevertheless, I tried to teach him something so that he could help others.

44. Once a lady, a member of Iran Communist Party, who was from England got sick in prison. She had serious bleeding. Dr. Shahchi told the guards that he did not know anything about women’s diseases and urged them to call me to treat her. As I had become a Muslim and practiced Islam, they came for me, blindfolded and guided me to a circle shaped area. I loosened my blindfold a bit to see if it was Komittee Moshtarak because I had heard from former political prisoners about this area and I understood that I was right. I was taken to the second floor. I saw that Dr. Shahchi and the person who had no medical knowledge set up in a room for themselves where they were treating prisoners and giving them injections and serums particularly to those whose kidneys had failed under torture.

45. I was taken there and saw that a lady was behind the curtain. It was the first time I saw that a sick person was left behind a curtain. When I examined her, I noticed that she had a fetus of about 20CM about five or sixth months. It was alive. I did a dilation and curettage and tried to pull the fetus out. I noticed that the placenta was not coming out and I had to curettage it. I asked for Methazine to relax the womb and give a serum to the patient. I wrote the prescription and ordered the medicine to be brought from outside through the insurance card of another prisoner. I was returned to my cell. It was the only medical practice that I had done during those years.

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