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Witness Statement: Shadi Sadr

39. Because I did not get my glasses back, I refused to eat. The guards told me that they would give me my glasses back for meal times. I still refused to eat—I told them that until I got my glasses back for good I would not eat and that nothing else would be acceptable. Ultimately, they agreed and returned my glasses to me. So I won that small battle.

Interrogation

 

40. In addition to the team of interrogators that questioned me at the Tracking Office, three additional teams of interrogators questioned me at Evin Prison—so in total four different teams of interrogators asked me questions.

41. During the interrogations, I noticed the repetitive nature of many of the questions. When I told my interrogators I had already answered these questions in a previous interrogation, the interrogators told me they had not seen those files. They said that even though their colleagues interrogated me, they did not have access to those files and that is why they were asking me questions that I answered before.

42. My first interrogation and second interrogation at Evin were the worst of the bunch. In my first interrogation, my questioners asked me the names of all my family members and their contact and address information. They asked me to write down the usernames and passwords to my email accounts and web blog on a piece of paper. I told them I do not have a web blog but they thought I was hiding something. I asked why I had to give my personal information. I told them I could not give them my passwords because I was an attorney and confidential information about my clients was contained in that email correspondence. They told me they needed the information because they needed to know what I was hiding. So I gave them an email and a fake username.

43. In this first interrogation, my interrogators also asked me a lot of personal questions about my family life and relationship with my husband. These questions really bothered me. They asked me what my marriage with my husband was like and if we were happy or if there was marital discord.

44. They momentarily interrupted the personal line of questioning by asking me some things about politics but then once again reverted to the personal line of questioning. They asked me whether I smoked. At this point, I wondered whether they had searched my house. I answered back: What does it have to do with you? Is cigarette smoking a crime? The interrogator answered no—but drinking alcohol is. I said I do not drink. The interrogator said, well if you do not drink, how come we found alcohol at your house then? I said I did not know and that he should have asked whoever was at the house, not me.

45. My next interrogation was on Sunday, around noon, and a different team of two interrogators asked the questions. The guards took me downstairs for interrogation because the cells in Ward 209 are on the top floor. The bottom floor, where the interrogations happen, has a hallway that leads to the outside.

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Statement, Due Process, Right to an Attorney, Equality Before the Law, Discrimination