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Emad Bahavar’s Eyewitness Account of The Brutal Attack On Ward 350 Political Prisoners

Emad Bahavar

On April 17, 2014 Ward 350 of Evin prison was raided and the political prisoners brutally attacked and beaten resulting in many serious injuries.

Below is translation of a letter written by political prisoner Emad Bahavar giving an eyewitness account of the portion of the raid that he witnessed.

I feel as though pain has encompassed my entire body. I had not experienced the blows from a baton before. I was arrested the day after the 2009 election and was not able to be along side the people during the protests.

When eight people weighing over 100 kilos each (220 lbs) hover over you, kicking, slapping and hitting you with a baton, after few minutes you won’t feel anything anymore.

You don’t even realize if any of your bones have been broken or not, or if you have been bloodied or injured or not. Only hours after being battered and assaulted do you get the realization to check your body part by part to see what has happened to you.

Other than the guards, there were a number of plainclothes that were beating the guys: a 120 kilo one, fat, wearing a white shirt with clerical collar over his pants, and relatively long beard. A 130 kilo one, athletically built and a bit taller, with torn earlobes, wearing a white and pink shirt. A 140 kilo one, about 2 meters tall with dark glasses wearing a suit. And the rest, a number of 100 kilos all body builders, wearing tight jeans and sneakers.

I was upstairs and didn’t know what was going on down there. I could only hear voices of everyone else, which were getting louder by the moment. I went towards the entrance of the ward to see what is going on.

I heard the Haj Agha shouting; beat them. 30-40 baton holding guards and a number of plainclothes rushed down the stairs.

It was there that I saw the 120 kilo one for the first time. Angrily he took off his jacket. He was twirling the baton over his head while screaming and swearing.

For a moment, I visualized the scenes from 2009 videos before my eyes. It was these same guys who savagely beat the people on the streets.

I could not just be an observer and watch the guys being beaten. I removed my wristwatch and threw it on the floor. I moved towards Haj Agha and his associates and shouted: “Why are you hitting them?”

“Why are you hitting them” was interpreted as “Why don’t you hit me”. All of a sudden a number of them hovered over me kicking and hitting me.

Haji stood in front of me and asked who are you? I said: “Emad Bahavar, from Mr. Mousavi’s headquarters”. The 120 kilo one punched me in the face. They began to curse and spout verbal insults against Mousavi. Haji said, “Mousavi and his wife have frightfully gone hiding in a hole!!”

The 130 kilo one shouted: “sit down”, I didn’t move. I fell down under a barrage of punches and kicks and batons.

I got up again and immediately stood up facing Haji, staring into his eyes. The 120 kilo one shouted: “Bow your head! Don’t stare into the eyes!” I didn’t move. The 130 kilo one cupped his hands between my legs, lifted me up and threw me down on the floor. Again, a barrage of kicks and punches and batons rained on me.

I got up again, stood face to face with Haji and said, “We have been standing for five years….”.

They continued to send more guards down the stairs. There were around 200 guards. One of the commanders shouted; “The soldiers that don’t want to participate in the beating don’t go downstairs”. A large number of them stayed upstairs.

They took the guys one at a time upstairs to the end of the Ward. They were all handcuffed. The face of some of them was covered in blood, and could barely walk. Some were taken there by carrying them by their arms and legs in a horizontal position. Some had been beaten so much that had no more strength to walk. I recognized three of them; Khalghati, Ebrahimzadeh and Fouladvand. Altogether, there were about 30 people.

They blindfolded everyone. They brought handcuffs and a blindfold for me too. I resisted and argued a bit to no avail.

They made everyone stand in a row in Ward 350’s corridor, handcuffed and blindfolded, facing the wall. Some were moaning. Again, they started to beat us from behind. The sound of the moans became louder.

The guards created a human tunnel from the ward’s exit door to a parked van outside. They forced everyone to go through the tunnel while they beat and kicked everyone going through the tunnel. There was spilled blood along the way to the van and inside the van.

Inside the van people were calling out their names: Mohamad Davari, Gholamreza Khosravi, Mohamad Sedigh Kaboudvand, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Majid Assadi, Soheil Arabi…

Apparently someone intervened on my behalf, they called my name and told me to leave the van. They took the rest.

Haji standing among his men, and in front of me, gave an eloquent speech against the Sedition Movement and Mir Hossein and spoke of the power and authority of the regime.

The 130 kilo one brought me a glass of ice water. The head of security ordered them to take me to the prison’s clinic. They had taken Esmaeil Barzegari there earlier. His ribs had been broken. Later, they brought Omid Behrouzi in blood soaked clothing; his wrist cut by broken glass. Kamyar Sabeti had encountered a heart problem.

I have heard that they have found few cell phones and iPods. It’s been about five years now that they have disconnected the phone services in the ward. All of this “show of force operation” was just because some people wanted to hear their family’s voices or enjoy a quite moment with the sound of music. There is nothing illicit in 350, other than love and music.

My body aches. I don’t mean the aches and pain from the bruises on my wrist caused by a metal handcuff, nor the pain in my left ear from being slapped hard, neither the pain in my neck from being punched in my head and neck, nor the pain in my tongue that was between my teeth during a barrage of punches and kicks, and neither the pain in my back from being hit with a plastic baton and nor the pain in my bruised lower back and my knees from being kicked.

None of these pains are that significant and will heal soon. The source of the pain is something else. The years in prison had caused us to forget the pain from the wounds of 2009. We had forgotten the pain and suffering that the mourning mothers and fathers had endured.

We had forgotten the pain from losing Neda and Sohrab and Ali and Taraneh and the other martyrs. We had forgotten the pain from the bullets and batons and bats and daggers and brass knuckles that had been used on the people by the plainclothes.

The April 17 attack on Ward 350 reminded us of all those scenes and brought back all of their pain to our souls.

When Rouhani came, we said that if the suffering of the people is reduced and the conditions become better, then, we would also close our eyes to everything we suffered. Some of the mourning mothers also said they were ready to forgive.

The bloody events of April 17 showed that the hatred in their black hearts transcends the love and forgiveness of the Greens.

I wish I had murmured these words into Haj Agha’s ear: “We wanted to forgive, remember, but you didn’t want it yourselves….”

April, 2014
Ward 350, Evin prison

Source: Kaleme

P.S. Emad Bahavar, was Chairman of the Youth Branch of the Freedom Movement of Iran and an activist in Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 presidential campaign. He was arrested on March 13, 2010 and later tried and sentenced by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court to 10 years imprisonment.

Mohsen Rahmani Arrested For Raising Mousavi’s Poster Sentenced To 7 Years

Mohsen Rahmani

Activist Mohsen Rahmani who was arrested by security forces for raising a Mir Hossein Mousavi poster at a Hassan Rouhani presidential campaign rally on June 1, 2013, has been sentenced to 7 years imprisonment.

During imprisonment at Ward 209, Rahmani was under severe pressure and torture. Rahmani’s release was delayed by Ward 209 officials, despite bail having been set and posted, due to his body bearing signs of assault and torture. He was eventually released on bail after 50 days in Ward 209.

His case was later tried at Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Moghayeseh, which led to sentencing him to 7 years imprisonment.

On his Facebook, Rahmani described the charges on which he was convicted on as, “Insulting the Supreme Leader and Imam Khomeini in cyberspace, assembly and collusion with intent to act against the national security through cooperation with A.E. and the anti-revolutionary media, propaganda against the Islamic Republic and disturbing peace and order in a presidential election campaign rally by disorderly conduct and chanting slogans in support of the sedition leader.”

Sources: HRANA & Kaleme

Ward 350 Raided By 150 Guards Destroying Prisoner’s Property And Part of The Facility

More than 150 Evin prison guards, reinforced with guards from Ghezelhesar prison, raided Ward 350 at Evin prison, engaging in inspection of prisoners’ personal effects and even the destruction of the facilities, such as removing the air conditioners, the air ducts and electrical cables. They then went to the prayer room and threw Qurans on the floor and even scattered pages from some of the Qurans on the floor.

According to reports by the Kaleme website, on Thursday, more than 150 Evin prison guards, reinforced by guardsfrom Ghezelhesar prison, supervised by Colonel Aminian, (the commander of the special unit of Evin prison, and the commander of Tehran’s prison guard), along with several of the Intelligence Ministry’s operation forces, raided Ward 350 in the early morning hours while the prisoners were asleep.

After performing body searches of the prisoners, they threw them out of the Ward on the pretence of performing an inspection of the Ward. They then engaged in vandalism and destruction of the prisoner’s personal effects. They also stole prisoner’s valuables and even went so far as destruction of the facility by opening the air conditioning units, removing the air ducts and electrical cables.

In this unusual and unprecedented raid, even the prayer room was not immune from their attack. They desecrated the Quran by throwing it in the middle of the floor, and even scattered some of the pages on the floor as well.

According to this report, all of this destruction was shown to the prison authorities after the unusual raid.

Now it remains to be seen how the country’s officials (that raise their voice in high protest and cry Disrespect Of Islam every time the Quran is desecrated in other countries), will react to this blatant desecration of Quran in Evin prison.

The political prisoners, in protest of this inspection and raid, sang nationalistic anthems and chanted slogans such as “Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein”, and “Long Live Karoubi, Long Live Mousavi”.

The recent unrest at Ward 350 started when political prisoner Dr. Ali Nazeri, who was in poor health, was moved out of the prison on a stretcher and transferred to Zabol prison.

Following this action, the prisoners protested, and wrote a statement of protest. This resulted in 6 of the prisoners being moved to solitary confinement.

Source: Kaleme

Read more about the 6 prisoners in solitary confinement (here)
More information about Dr. Ali Nazari (here)

Green Movement Activist Mohsen Rahmani Under Sever Physical and Psychological Torture At Evin

Mohsen Rahmani, an IT student who had raised a poster of the detained Green leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, at a presidential campaign rally for Hassan Rouhani, is under severe physical and psychological pressure at Evin Ward 209.

This civil rights and Green Movement activist was arrested along with a number of other Rouhani presidential campaign activists after a campaign rally 48 days ago.

While all the other activists arrested that night have since been released, Mohsen Rahmani is still incarcerated in cell number 92 of Evin Ward 209, under harsh interrogations and repeated severe beatings by the interrogators.

According to reports received by the Kaleme website, signs of assault and battery on Rahmani’s body are so apparent that, despite bail having been set by the court, the officials at Ward 209 prevent his release.

Source: Kaleme

Former MP Mir Taher Mousavi Receives 5 Years; 3 Years Imprisonment Plus 2 Years Suspended Sentence

Mir Taher Mousavi, a Former MP, a university instructor, and a member of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 presidential campaign, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment plus two years suspended sentence.

Mir Taher Mousavi, former governor of Karaj, former Vice President of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, former CEO of Kahrizak Hospice Charity and the founder of it’s second branch in Mohamad Shahr Karaj, Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences University instructor, and coordination assistant of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 presidential campaign has been sentenced by the Appeals Court.

Mir Taher Mousavi was previously sentenced by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court to 5 years imprisonment to be served in Sistan and Balouchestan province, plus 10 years exile in the same province on charges of anti-national security acts through assembly and collusion. Branch 54 of the Court of Appeals has now reduced his sentence to 3 years imprisonment plus 2 years suspended sentence.

Mir Taher Mousavi was arrested last year at Imam Khomeini International airport when returning to Iran from a family trip abroad. For many months he was incarcerated in solitary confinement at Ward 209 of Evin prison (the Intelligence Ministry’s ward) under heavy pressure and severe physical and psychological torture.

Mir Taher Mousavi suffers from various illness and a heart condition and was under physicians care prior to arrest. His medical records were given to his interrogators by his family but not only they did not provide proper medical care but kept him in solitary confinement for 8 months before transferring him to the General Ward 350 in Evin prison.

source: Kaleme

Read More about Mir Taher Mousavi’s case Here

Mir Hossein Mousavi And Wife Were Not Permitted To Attend Funeral Services For Mrs. Rahnavard’s Father

Funeral services for Haj Sadegh Kazemi, father of Zahra Rahnavard were held a few hours ago at Beheshte Zahra cemetery in Tehran. Under house arrest, Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard were not present at the services.

According to Kalameh, despite the lack of any public notification, the funeral was attended by a large number of friends, colleagues and relatives of Kazemi, Mousavi, and the Navab Safavi’s family, in the presence of a large number of security agents.

The security and Plainclothes agents, just as they did with Mr. Mousavi’s father’s funeral, did not allow the funeral procession to originate from the home of Mr. Kazemi, and transported the body to the cemetery themselves.

Mr. Mousavi and his wife were not permitted to attend the burial services. This is in contrast to the portrayal by the media associated with the intelligence apparatuses, who have always tried to portray Mir Hossein and his wife Rahnavard as living ordinary lives, not under house arrest.

In March of 2011, when Mr. Mousavi’s father passed away, not only was Mousavi not permitted a last farewell, but he was not even allowed to attend the funeral.

Also, the repulsive and rude behavior of the agents and the Plainclothes present at the funeral was “contrary to a religious ceremony and ritual” and was quite upsetting to the attendees.

It should be noted that, in the late hours of last night, Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard were taken to Mrs. Rahnavard’s mother’s home for a short visit with her ill mother.

The meeting was scheduled at a time that all the relatives had already left Mr. Kazemi’s home. The family and even Mrs. Rahnavard’s daughters have not been able to extend their condolences either in person or by phone to Mrs. Rahnavard on the passing of her father.

Sourace: Kalameh

Nasrin Sotoudeh Still In Poor Physical Condition – Upset Over The Sakharov Prize Statement She Wrote

Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband Reza Khandan wrote this entry on his Facebook page tonight:

Today, along with several family members, we had a meeting (with Nasrin). Even though Nasrin is no longer on hunger strike, there is not much improvement in her physical condition since last week.

Despite the digestive problems that were predictable, she has not yet received any medical treatment. They (the officials) have not responded to our request for medical furlough.

In addition, when the subject came up of the statement she wrote for the Sakharov Prize award ceremony, she said, “I wrote that statement three days after ending my hunger strike when I was in very poor physical condition and forgot to write about many things. Including the imprisonment of Mrs. Rahnavard and Mr. Mousavi and Mr. Karroubi.”

She asked me to be sure to extend her apologies to these dear ones. She added that after she sent the statement she became aware of this important oversight and other matters as well. But unfortunately, the statement was already sent and she could not find a way to make sure these parts are added. She was very upset about this.

Reza Khandan
Sunday, December 16, 2012
8:20 PM

Source: Azadegan blog