Friday, 29 January 2010

“His sister was brought to the interrogation room”

Nasrin Sotoudeh, attorney of Arash Rahmani Pour, one of two Iranian political prisoners executed yesterday, speaks to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran:
“As Arash Rahmani Pour’s attorney, I was shocked to hear of his sudden execution. According to the law, no verdict can be carried out prior to its being served to the defendant. This verdict was issued in secrecy and and it was sent forward in secrecy from those who should have been informed about it, and it was only announced by the judiciary’s web site after it had been carried out. Arash’s sentence had no reason other than to create fear and intimidation. Despite what has been announced on the Revolutionary Court’s web site, Arash was not arrested in the post-elections events. He had been arrested in April, two months before the [June 15] elections at his home and at the time of his arrest, he was only 19. Many of the charges made against him pertained to the time when he was not yet 18. To be sure, Arash’s case is a juvenile crime execution, only this time a political prisoner was executed because of what he did before he was 18. During his entire arrest, imprisonment, and trial, there was a lot of pressure and many promises. First Arash’s sister was arrested. She was in prison for two months. She was then acquitted and released, but pressures she had endured during her detention caused her miscarriage. In the only meeting I was allowed to have with Arash for 15 minutes, he told me that during two of his interrogation sessions, his sister was brought to the interrogation room and seated opposite him. He was then told that if he wanted to be released he had to confess to the things that he was told. I was Arash’s attorney, but I was never allowed to participate in his trial. I insisted to be allowed to attend a trial session in August. Security Officers threatened to arrest me and took away my attorney license, which they returned to me later.”

Read the rest. Via Naj.

See also Potkin Azarmehr: What I didn’t know yesterday.

There will be a protest outside the Iranian Embassy in London this evening, 18:00-20:00, 16 Prince's Gate, London SW7.

Earlier post here.


jams o donnell said...

Utterly disgraceful. I wish I could go to the demonstration tonight.

kellie said...

It was a cold night for it, but the crowd warmed the heart.