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Witness Statement: Sabah Nasri

9. Hedayat Ghazali was a Kurd as well and studied at Alameh Helli University in Tehran. He was a member of the editorial board of the magazine, wrote for the magazine, and was active in other ways as well.

10.  After the arrest the agents took us to the intelligence office in Sanandaj. I was in a solitary cell in the intelligence office for 41 days. Once the interrogations ended we were moved to Sanandaj Prison. I was there for 23 days until September 13, 2007 when Hedayat and I were woken up at 2 A.M. and transferred back to the intelligence office of Sanandaj. We remained there until 6 A.M. at which point they took us to Sanandaj Airport and relocated us to Tehran.

11.  Once in Tehran, I was taken to Evin prison, the general section of ward 209, room 122. I remained there for 66 or 67 days. Hedayat was in room 122. In the intelligence wards those sharing the same case file are not kept in the same room to prevent any conspiring on their part.

12.  Afterward, we were again moved back to Sanandaj Prison. During all this time we had undetermined status. We remained in Sanadaj Prison for two and a half or three months until we were moved to Tehran once again.

13.  This time, we were both kept in a solitary cell in ward 209 for about a week. The reason for this was because the inspector in charge of our case was on vacation and without his order they could not move us to the general ward. Finally, we were moved to ward 7 of Evin prison by order of the inspector. I remained there until the last three months of my detention.

14.  Around that time Kurdish political prisoners who were held in different prisons around the country started a mass hunger strike to protest their prison conditions and the security forces and judiciary’s discriminatory manner of dealing with Kurdish prisoners. The hunger strike lasted 44 days and included clear demands. For 16 consecutive days everyone went on hunger strike together, then for the rest of it, we completed it in rotations. We reported the strike to the others on the outside via telephone and therefore, we—Hedayat and I—were moved back to ward 209 for the last three months of our detention. Finally, after 18 months of detention and completion of our sentence, we were both released.

Interrogations and Torture

15.   The interrogations began from the early days when we were moved to the Sanandaj Intelligence office. Most of the questions concerned the activities we participated in at the University, especially our involvement with the magazine “Rujameh.”

16.  Our “Rujameh” publication stood out from other publications at Tehran University both in appearance and content. It looked like a newspaper and was printed in color. The content was often penned by upper classmen and students in masters or PhD programs so it was denser than that of other publications. Our distribution license was exclusively for Tehran University but we also disseminated it in 16 cities in the Kurdistan region. Because our dissemination area was very large, the interrogators assumed there was an extensive and united structure backing our publication and so, they continuously asked us about the subjects, publication, dissemination and continuity of it.

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