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Witness Statement: Shadi Sadr

Transfer to Evin Prison

 

31. At 10 p.m. of the day I was arrested, the holding authorities escorted me out of the Tracking Office and placed me in a Peugeot car with the two other women who had been held at the Tracking Office. Once again, they forced my head down in the car so that I did not know where we were headed. The officers hanged an electric instrument above our heads to shock us if we so much as moved.

32. Although the officers held our heads down, I knew where we were headed. The next stop for detainees after the Tracking Office was Evin Prison. I knew the drill. I would be taken to Ward 209, the ward that housed political prisoners.

33. When I arrived, the intake officers blindfolded me. They removed my blindfold temporarily to take my photograph. Female guards took me to solitary confinement. The other two women transported with me were taken to a cell with other people—they related this to me later when I saw them again.

34. The guards escorted me to a solitary cell at the end of the hall in Ward 209. They conducted a body search of me and took away all my possessions, including my wrist watch and my glasses, and they gave me a prison outfit to wear.

35. I got into a fight with them about my glasses—I am unable to see anything without the aid of my glasses and cannot function. I told the wardens that during my last time in prison I was permitted to keep my glasses for the duration of my stay. The guards told me that since then a new law had passed that prohibited me from keeping my glasses. I got into an argument with them about this and told them I was almost legally blind without these corrective lenses. They refused to give them to me and said I would not need to see anything in prison anyhow. I told them this was not true—how would I go to the bathroom?

36. By this point, it was already night time. So I went to sleep. I woke up the next morning and at some point that day – I do not remember if it was morning or evening – I was taken to interrogation. They gave me my glasses back for interrogation.

37. I felt weak and hungry in this first interrogation at Evin. I did not eat anything for my first three days at Evin, I only had water and tea. I did not eat out of protest for the fact that the guards refused to return my glasses to me. The guards told me they did not have the power to give me my glasses and that I should ask my interrogator about it.

38. When I saw my interrogator, I demanded to get my glasses back. He told me he could not give them to me because he was bound by the law of the prison that prohibited me from having my glasses.

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