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Witness Statement: Sabah Nasri

Sharing a Ward with Farzad Kamangar

57.  Farzad Kamangar was distinctly different than all other prisoners I met in Tehran or Sanandaj, no matter their crimes or personalities. Upon meeting Farzad, you instantly realized from his demeanor and speech that he was special. He was very charismatic and all the prisoners, no matter their crimes, loved him.

58.  Although the 121 room where Farzad was only had 10 beds, 16 prisoners were kept there and I was the 17th. Most of them were charged with crimes related to land disputes such as unlawful possession and the like. Around seven or eight of these prisoners had held authoritative positions in the government, like Majlis members or City council members and they were all from Ahvaz. Doctors Arash and Kamyar Alaei, the two doctors who worked on AIDS were also there. One man was from the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and one man there was charged with having contact with Al Qaeda. Except for the six or seven people there on political charges, everyone else was charged with the sale of drugs or the commission of financial crimes.

59.  Although the residents of that room did not have much in common, they all loved Farzad. Farzad had an interesting and attractive character. I had heard a lot about Farzad, both through his imprisoned teacher friends and colleagues in Sanandaj prison and at Evin prison prior to meeting him. There was a lot of talk about him. One could not believe that Farzad had a death sentence issued against him. He was a kind, pure hearted human whose virtues were praised by all. He was very cheerful, energetic and full of spirit and would constantly boost the morale of others. Even the guards had a special sensitivity towards him.

60.  Farzad Kamangar was tortured with intent to kill, much worse than the treatment of Farhad Vakili and Ali Haidarian. He described his torture in a letter. He said the first day that he and Ali Haidarian were arrested they were taken to an unknown location and a group of six or seven men just beat them, without asking any questions. He said that when he inquired about that location later, he discovered that apparently it was the office of the security police. Farzad said that when they beat him with a electric baton he passed out and they kept pouring cold water on him to bring him back to consciousness at which point they punched and kicked him and used batons to hit his sensitive body parts.

61.  Farzad Kamagar was then moved to ward 209 where, according to him, he was not tortured as much and when tortured, it was not very severe. Afterward, the authorities took him to the Intelligence Office of Kermanshah where he was violently tortured. When he described the torture it was evident that it affected him profoundly—it made him a stronger person. His strength was reflected in the boldness of his speech.

62.  Farzad told me that while he was held in Kermanshah’s intelligence office, for 18 days he was kept in a room that was fashioned in the shape of a coffin inside the wall. In that room, he could not sit or stand and could only lie in a sleeping position. He was kept completely naked for the duration of those 18 days. He said that on those 18 days, for 14-16 hours a day, a radio was turned to the Payam radio station (which broadcasts a 24 hour traffic report) and this was extremely torturous for him. He was only taken out of this coffin-like room for interrogation, where he then was severely tortured by a group of people.

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Kurds, Torture, Executions