After his 220 days in solitary confinement, under harsh interrogations, Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Pirabbasi, has sentenced Former MP and former governor of Karaj, Mir Taher Mousavi, to five years imprisonment and ten years forced exile in Baluchestan.
Mir Taher Mousavi, a Professor of Sociology, former Parliament member, former Governor of Karaj, and a member of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 presidential campaign, was arrested last July and was transferred to solitary confinement in the Intelligence Ministry’s Ward at Evin prison.
Previously Kalameh had reported that the interrogators had given him two options: 1) A Commander Madhi-style interview as was broadcast on Zarghami’s Sima TV (Seda Va Sima, the Iranian national broadcast system), or; 2)A confession in a show trial like those we witnessed in the show trials of 2009.
Kalameh has also previously reported that Mir Taher Mousavi was under severe pressure to give a false confession. In particular, he was under heavy pressure to give an on camera confession.
There is no information at hand indicating whether or not his tortures included any physical torture. But, certainly it is indisputable that solitary confinement in itself is a form of torture, and, in Mir Taher Mousavi’s case, psychological pressure and his illness are additives.
Some time ago, a source close to Mousavi, voicing concern about Mousavi’s health, told Kalameh that he had an accidental meeting with him in the halls of the Judiciary building on October 20. He said, “His severe weight lost was quite apparent. He seemed ill and weak,and when I asked how he was doing, the only thing he said was that he is not doing well at all, that during last week he had passed out four times, and he had to be hooked to an IV.”
Mir Taher Mousavi suffers from various illnesses, including a heart condition, and was under physicians care prior to his arrest. Doctors treating him had said, by no means should he be kept in isolation and confined to a closed environment. Despite Mousavi’s family having relayed the physicians opinion to prison officials and the investigators, Mousavi continues to be confined in solitary in Evin Ward 209.
Despite news sites close to the Intelligence apparatuses reporting of a heavy judgement against Mousavi, he has not as yet been officially notified of his sentence.