Political prisoner Hamzeh Karami, who was released on furlough for Norooz (Iranian New Year) holidays, returned to Evin prison on Monday March 26, 2012.
According to reports by Kalameh, this eight year war veteran of Iran-Iraq ,who has been incarcerated for 950 days, was hospitalized in the last days of the Iranian calendar year, was granted a one week furlough leave from prison.
Hamzeh Karami, the Editor-In-Chief of Jomhooriat website was arrested in the aftermath events of the 2009 presidential election.
He was initially sentenced to 16 years in prison by the lower court. The Court of Appeals reduced his sentence to 11 years in prison.
Hamzeh Karami was released on bail on furlough May 18, 2010. He re-arrested and returned to Evin prison one week later.
Despite suffering from a heart condition and in need of proper medical treatment, his request for additional medical furlough was denied on June 19, 2010.
On July 2, 2010, Karami was admitted to the medical clinic in Evin prison due to deteriorating health condition.
From 1989 to 1996, Karami was the Lieutenant Governor of Varamin. From 1996 to 2002 he was the Chief Political Director in Hashemi Rafsanjani’s and Mohamad Khatami’s administrations.
He also served for 8 years as a Sepha Commander during the Iran-Iraq war.
He also was head of the Public Relations office during Rafsanjani’s presidential run.
Regarding his torture in prison, Karami says, “I was tortured in various ways, including dunking my head more than twenty times in a feces-filled filthy toilet bowl in order to force me make a false confession.
Each time I cried out “O Zahra” (Prophet Mohamad’s daughter), they insulted her. Each time I said “O God”, they said, “We are your God today and will do to you what ever we want”. ”
In a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, Karami detailed the physical and mental tortures he suffered and asked for an independent court to review his charges and to try his case.
In that letter, Karami talked about the pressures put on him to confess to illicit sexual relations with the immediate family and relatives of the Green Movement leaders.
According to Karami, the interrogators wanted to get confessions from him to having illicit relations with someone in the immediate family of one of the top leaders of the Green Movement and two of the immediate family of a high ranking Green Movement supporter.
Karami repeatedly refused to make false confessions, but he agreed to write down and sign the false confession that interrogators were asking for after the more than twenty times that his head was dunked in a feces-filled toilet bowl causing him to almost choke.
Another one of the confessions that Karami made under torture, was admitting to embezzlement and financial corruption of Mehdi Hashemi the son of former president Hashemi-Rafsanjani.