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Witness Statement: Sabah Nasri

Transfer to Tehran

31.  When I was transferred to Tehran they moved me to hall number 10 on the first day. The second floor of ward 209 has solitary cells. There are eleven hallways there and in each are eight solitary cells. The prison was relatively empty when we were brought there. In hallway number 10 all the solitary cells were opened and the main door to the main hallways was locked. Five prisoners were placed there and I was the sixth.

32.  Everyone there, except for one political prisoner, had committed financial crimes. Unless I am mistaken his name was Aydin. He was a leftist and had thrown eggs at the Swiss embassy in Iran. He had written 80 pages of insults relating to Iran and the USA and had written about the monetary connection between Iran and the USA, concluding that the Islamic Republic of Iran was a tool in the hand of American consumerism. Then, he handed his writings to the Swiss embassy and had thrown eggs at the building. So the embassy police arrested him. The financial criminals of ward 209 are also in a way political prisoners because in the end they are connected to the economic “mafia” of the regime.

33.  About a month later they moved me to room 122 in Ward 209 of Evin prison where mostly financial criminals were housed. There were three or four members of the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) there as well. One of those KDPI members received a suspended sentence and has since been released but another one, Meysam Rudaki, was sentenced to two or three years in prison and is still there.

34.  There also are quite a few prisoners for drug offenses in ward 209. Usually they have heavy crimes. For example, there were people in that ward who were caught dealing over a thousand or 1,200 kilos of opium. Others were arrested for trafficking cocaine.

35.  At that time, in 2007, there were only a few people in ward 209 of Evin prison. There was a man named Kayvan who was charged with activity with the Al-e Yasin group that his brother headed. Kayvon himself was not a member but was accused of funding his brother. He denied the accusation. He was later released on 500 thousand dollar bail and I have no news of him.

36.  I was not tortured in ward 209 of Evin prison. Their behavior towards us was much better and more respectful than that of the interrogators at Sanandaj and their interrogation techniques were more professional and modern. The interrogators’ knowledge about Kurdish movements was much better compared to the Sanandaj interrogators. My interrogation there took between one to four or five hours, like it did in Sanandaj. However, unlike Sanandaj, there were no insults or beatings involved.

37.  My interrogation in Tehran focused on my activities with the magazine Rujameh. Piece by piece they asked about the magazine, for example, the layout and printing, and the manner of distribution. They even brought the articles and asked who wrote them? Who helped the magazine and where did you get your funding from? They asked the same questions constantly and every time I was interrogated they would repeat the questions. I believe this was to see if I would contradict myself.

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