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Witness Statement: Sabah Nasri

43.  This second interrogator introduced himself with a different name to each defendant. Tome, he introduced himself as “Ali” while he introduced himself as “Saeed” to some of the others.

Transfer Back to Sanandaj Prison

44.  After another 67 days, I was transferred to Sanandaj prison again. My case file was deemed ‘unauthorized for processing’ in Sanandaj—apparently because my file said  the location of my commission of the crime was in Tehran, I was to be transferred to Tehran. But then in Tehran I was told that since the arrest took place in Kurdistan I needed to be transferred back to Sanandaj.

45.  Either way, after spending three months in Sanandaj prison, the case file was labeled as ‘unauthorized for processing.’ According to the law, the officials at Sanandaj prison were correct because defendants must be tried in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred. Their eventual disagreement caused the case file to go to the administrative branch of the Supreme Court in Qom.

46.  These events took several months and during this time, there was a stream of death sentences issued for Kurdish political activists. About ten to twelve persons in Kurdistan were sentenced to very heavy prison terms and even execution. Therefore, our families were extremely concerned about our fates and tried every avenue to save us. Finally the administrative branch of the Supreme Court concurred with the Sanandaj Court and we were transferred to Tehran.

47.  Because our case had been moved from the prosecutor’s office to the court, the second time we were transferred to Tehran our transfer was not conducted by the intelligence office. Previously when the transfer was done by the intelligence office, all the relocations and transportations were coordinated between the intelligence offices of the two cities and we were easily transported with an airplane. However, this time law enforcement transferred us to Tehran on a bus while handcuffed.

48.  When we finally reached Tehran, no one came to get us since there was no prior coordination and planning. We had no choice but to spend the night at my friend’s house accompanied by the security officer who was escorting us. No office would claim us and, to add to the disorganization, it was the weekend.

49.  Because the inspector in charge of our case, Mr. Rasekh, was on vacation, no intelligence office could claim us. Our case had become so unnecessarily complicated that no one other than the inspector in charge of our case could make heads or tails of it. For that reason we had to wait for him to return from vacation and issue our order of transfer. After seven days Rasekh came back and ordered our transfer to General Ward number 7 of Evin prison. I was in Ward 7 for 7-8 months where I was in the same room with Farhad Vakili—who was executed along with Farzad Kamangar.

50.  After that a coordinated hunger strike took place in Iranian prison, including a few prisons in Kurdish towns that lasted 44 days. We were transferred back to Ward 209 for having participated in those strikes and I spent my last 3 months of detention there alongside Farzad Kamangar.

Sharing a cell with Farhad Vakili

51.  Farhad Vakili and three others, Farzad Kamangar, Ali Haidarian and another person who escaped arrest, shared a common case file. Farhad Vakili was not arrested with the other two but nonetheless they shared a case file and were charged with membership in the P.K.K. They were charged with many things—however the ministry of intelligence had no evidence to prove those charges in the case file and the defendants had not confessed to them either. Their case file was very complicated and ambiguous. Eventually, the Intelligence Office supported the claims using reports from branches of its intelligence offices in the cities of the prisoners’ residences, Sanandaj and Kamyaran, and concluded that according to the reports from their own offices, they were guilty and the court accepted this claim. This is how they received a death sentence.

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