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Mockery of Justice: The Framing of Siamak Pourzand

Mockery of Justice: The Framing of Siamak Pourzand

Mr. Siamak Pourzand, a journalist in his 70s, was abducted in November 2001 by IRI officials, held in a series of secret detention facilities, and then forced to make a televised confession to a number of serious offences he had not committed. Throughout his ordeal, the courts colluded in his mistreatment. The case against Mr. Pourzand was manufactured and exploited by hard-line conservatives in Iran's clerical establishment in order to discredit members of the reform movement.

 

 

Table of Contents

 

1. INTRODUCTION

2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

3. POLITICAL BACKGROUND

4. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SIAMAK POURZAND

4.1. A GROWING THREAT

4.2. ABDUCTION

4.3. WHERE IS SIAMAK POURZAND?

4.4. THE FIGHT FOR ACCESS

4.5. RELATED ARRESTS

4.6. APPEALS TO THE MAJLIS

4.7. ATTEMPT AT BLACKMAIL

5. THE SECRET PRISONS

5.1. AMAKEN

5.2. PRISON 59

5.3. KHATAM-UL ANBIYA

6. SIAMAK POURZAND ON TRIAL

6.1. THE NATURE OF THE TRIAL

6.2. THE FAMILY AGAIN APPEALS FOR HELP

6.3. SENTENCING

6.4. FURTHER ARRESTS

6.5. TELEVISED CONFESSION

6.6. “THE SUITE”

7. POLITICAL REACTION

8. TEMPORARY RELEASE

9. EVIN PRISON

9.1. UN WORKING GROUP ON ARBITRARY DETENTION REPORT

9.2. FAILING HEALTH

10. VIOLATIONS OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

10.1. VIOLATIONS OF IRANIAN LAW

10.2. VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

11. CONCLUSION

METHODOLOGY

ABBREVIATIONS

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