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Witness Statement: Shadi Sadr

76. I felt horrible. I pulled my chador over my face so no one could see me trembling. I shivered from fear. After 40 minutes of the sounds of beating and torture, the hallway went silent. I think they took the men into the room to continue the interrogations there so I no longer heard the sounds.

77. Then they took me into a room for interrogation. I felt so awful—like I could not even stand on my legs anymore. I did not want them to know how I was feeling so I put my hands on the bench and kept myself supported with the strength of my hands. They took me into a room and interrogated me for three hours.

78. This was the last interrogation I endured before my release from Evin. They asked me why I was headed to Friday Prayer on the day I was arrested and what I thought about the Islamic state. It was very difficult to answer these questions because I did not want to lie, but at the same time I did not want to give them the impression that I don’t accept the rule of the Supreme Leader. My interrogator asked me to describe how I went to Friday Prayer—step by step.

79. I wrote out the story in great detail on the paper the interrogator gave me. After I finished, the interrogator told me he wanted to verify my story with my husband. I agreed and gave him my husband’s number.

80. When my interrogator left the room to call my husband, I seized the opportunity to look into my case file he had left behind. This was risky because I did not know when he was coming back or if there was a security camera in the room, taping me. Nonetheless, I went ahead and looked through the file. There was a CD with a label indicating that it contained all my mobile phone and computer records. Also in the file was an article from Etemad-e Melli9 newspaper written by one of my journalist friends that discussed my arrest and detention. When I saw this story, I felt relieved. A lot of people had been arrested after the election and I was worried that maybe I had been forgotten. It is important to not be forgotten when you are in prison.

81. After I saw the article I put all the materials in the file back in its place and then my interrogator returned to the room. He told me that my husband’s account of the morning of my arrest accorded with mine. I said what difference does it make? Who cares about these minute details? My interrogator told me, this is just to know if you are a truth telling person or not.

82. The questions continued. He asked me what my ideology was and who I voted for in the elections.

83. I told my interrogator again that I was illegally being held there—I gave my financial guarantee and should already have been released. He said alright, we will release you.

9 Etemad-e Melli was a reformist leaning newspaper that was shut down on the evening of August 16, 2009. It was the official newspaper for the Etemad-e Melli political party headed by 2009 reformist presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi.

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