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52. After bringing me back to my cell, they took me to another interrogation. I screamed: Why did you keep me here?! On what basis are you continuing to detain me? I said this is not allowed— you are not allowed to keep me here when I have paid off my financial guarantee. He addressed me in a disrespectful tone and screamed at me to shut up and just answer the questions I was asked. He said: I am the one who asks the questions here, not you—you know why you are here. You gave us the wrong password to your email account. I guess they finally checked the information I had given them and realized it was not accurate.

53. Then the questions started again. They asked me who I knew in the women’s rights movement— what their names were, who I associated with and where they were located. They wanted to know who I knew outside of the country, opposition and otherwise. When I asked them what they meant by this, they asked if I knew Fariba Davoodi Mohajer or Ali Afshari. When I said I knew Fariba, my interrogator got visibly excited. I said I only knew her through her activities in the women’s right movement but that since she left Iran I had not spoken to her and had only watched her interviews on Voice of America.7

54. Then he began focusing on my trips abroad again. I realized he did not have my new passport, only my old passport with the stamps of travel to countries they already knew I went to. He told me he could not find my passport and I said listen my house is a mess so I do not know where it is. I said let me go search my house myself and I can find it for you.

55. He asked me about trips I took to Pakistan and Malaysia. These were Muslim countries so I did not think the authorities would have any problem in my visits there, unlike if I had visited Western secular nations.

56. At this point they halted the interrogation. During my questioning, the interrogators took breaks and reviewed their notes to assess what they should ask me about next. This time, when they returned, they asked me to explain more about Pakistan and Malaysia. I wondered why they wanted to know more—these countries were not in Europe, I did not think there would be any problem. So I answered their questions.

57. The interrogator also asked a series of questions about “workshops”—he was very concerned with what I had participated in.

58. At the end of the session, he told me that all the work I did on women’s rights in Muslim countries was for the purpose of overthrowing the government. My interrogator told me that “rule of law” conferences were intended to foment government overthrow.

7 Voice of America (VOA) is an American-government backed television and radio broadcasting channel. VOA Persian has Farsi language programming and focuses on Iran issues.

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