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Witness Statement: Sabah Nasri

23.   Every two months my detention order was extended and aside from this one time when I saw and signed the paper, neither I nor Hedayat Ghazali ever saw another detention order that we could agreed to  or that we could formally complain against.

24.  In general, the type and degree of physical torture seems to depend on the defendant and the kind of case file he has. In our case file everything was clear and all the articles in the publication and everything about the gatherings in the university were clear. The articles were on websites and the publication had a license and was legal. For this reason I believe they did not torture us heavily since our detention  did not make sense anyway. All of our activities were legal and licensed; although they said dissemination of the magazine in the cities was illegal. What I mean to say is that if they did not torture us physically it is for this specific reason. Many other defendants were tortured due to the nature of their activities and the perceived need to extract confessions from them.

25.  The most significant psychological torture for us was being held in indeterminate conditions in prison that were very painful and possibly lethal. Being of indeterminate status in a system where the security officers have a lot of control over the judiciary officials and can easily ask them to issue a sentence of their choosing is very painful.

26.   Another form of psychological torture was being kept in a solitary cell. This was greatly torturous to a person’s psyche.

27.  There were other forms of torture, for example, for the first two weeks they would not let us call our families. In turn, they would not give a satisfactory answer to our families about our fate. After I was released from prison my family explained to me that when they would go to the intelligence office and ask about me they were told that I was not there and that they should go to the court. And at court they were told that they should go back to the intelligence office.

28.  I send word to my family about my detention at the intelligence office through friends who were detained at the intelligence office and later released. Eventually the authorities told my family that both Hedayat and I were held at the intelligence office but that they should not be hopeful that I would be released from prison unscathed. In other words they told my family that they might as well recite my death rites.  Later, when we were transferred to Sanandaj prison we were able to contact our families and have visitations with them. The authorities created a terrible situation for my family.

29.  When one is released from the intelligence office the assumption is that his case file is completed and the officers are ready to issue an indictment and send the defendant to court. But the first time I was moved from the intelligence office I had not even been informed of my charges! They took me to court with no explanation of the charges against me.

30.  Hedayat and I were brought to court but the judge did not see us so after a while, they brought us back to the prison and we remained in that indeterminate state until the night we were transferred to Tehran. I was not even told the status of my case. There was no direct torture involved but being in Sanandaj prison is torture in and of itself. 

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