26 prominent political prisoners who wrote a letter of complaint to the head of the Central Committee charged with implementing the Citizen’s Bill of Rights are now under pressure & threats to deny writing the letter or face more charges.
In their letter, originally published by Kaleme the political prisoners outlined the systematic violation of Bill of Rights protections by the Judiciary and Intelligence Ministry since the 2009 presidential election, and called on the Central Committee to launch an independent investigation into these violations.
Mohsen Aminzadeh, Mohsen Mirdamadi, Majid Dorri, Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, Behzad Nabavi and Kayvan Samimi are among the prisoners that have been threatened to deny writing the complaint letter or face additional charges. They have also been threatened with being denied basic prisoner’s right including no more furlough leave.
Every time prisoners write letters of complaint to Judiciary describing the hardships & violations they endure they are punished instead of those responsible for committing the violations. This has been true in many cases of the political prisoners who have written letters of complaint describing harsh physical & psychological tortures. In every case, the person making the complaint has been punished instead of the guilty.The political prisoners and their families say they don’t know who to make a complaint to anymore.
In their letter, they wrote that their arrest included violence, insults and some were severely beaten during their arrest.
They wrote; One of the most common forms of torture was keeping us in very small 6.6 x 4.8 ft solitary cells. This method is considered torture, after several weeks of detention in a solitary cell, the prisoner will suffer severe physical and psychological disorders.
Other severe forms of torture they endured were: shoving prisoner’s heads into toilet bowls for prolonged periods…making the prisoner eat their interrogation papers…repeated threats against the suspects… including threatening them with sexual violation … threatening arrest of their family members, and sometimes actually arresting the suspect’s family members … sleep deprivation for long periods … were some of the torture methods documented in letters published by some of the prisoners who have endured these tortures.
Prisoners say the methods used by interrogators were not to extract the facts and truth but was used to pressure the prisoner to accept false charges.
The signatories of the letter are: Mohsen Aminzadeh, Mohsen Mirdamadi, Bahman Ahmadi Amouee, Abdollah Momeni, Milad Asadi, Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, Emad Behavar, Mostafa Tajzadeh, Mojtaba Tehrani, Ali Jamali, Mohammad Hossein Khourbak, Mohammad Davari, Amir Khosro Dalirsani, Kayvan Samimi, Esmaeel Sahabeh, Mohammad Farid Taheri Ghazvini, Feizollah Arabsorkhi, Behzad Nabavi, Abolfazl Ghadiani, Majid Dorri, Zia Nabavi, Mehdi Karimian Eghbal, Mohammad Reza Moghisseh, Ali Malihi, Mohammad Javad Mozaffar, and Hassan Asadi Zeidabadi.
Source: Kaleme Website