Hanging by a green rope

July 30, 2009

The author of Kahrizak report, in  his new note mentions that he  is now in Turkey.

In a part of his note he recalls a staged execution for him: Hanging him by a green rope

“…. they took me in the middle of the night into a room and asked me to write my will.  Why? I asked, you’ll be executed at the time of the morning prayer [dawn], one of the guards said. I didn’t take it seriously.  What is my crime? The answer was that I am a “Monafegh”[1] and “Mohareb”.  They made me belive that I will be killed and while crying I wrote a letter to my mother and kid sister, about two pages. They took me by the gallows. They said they have picked a green rope for me since I like the color green! where are you Mr.Mousavi? they tied my hands and lead me to a chair. I told to myself, what have I done? ! What is going on outside? Is that possible that they have killed everybody and now it is a lawless state ou there? You mean it is not possible for people to come and break the doors and rescue me? I recalled my childhood memories. God, if I am really a “Mohareb” forgive me. God you know that I always used to attend religious ceremonies. I was not good in praying though but I would fast! God forgive me!God! is my mom sleeping now? I’m sure she is looking for me everywhere. What about my sister…. I was supposed to buy her a new cellphone. Oh God! I had tears in my eyes, and I was shaking. There were 6 of them in the room. One of them saw my tears and [he] was crying [too]. I looked at him he turned his face and he cried too. I really believed that this is the end of it. Mr Shahroodi! [the head of Irans judiciary system] Imagine yourself or your own child in my place! one of them said its time, drop the chair! I closed my eyes and waiting for the chair to fall! and someone hit the chair so hard that it was thrown to the other side of the room, but [someone] grabbed me and didn’t let me fall. “

He now reveals the name of “Sadegh” the butcher of the camp, his full name is : “Sadegh Montazer-Al-Mahdi” , and apparently “Sardar Radaan” one of the commanders of the Iranian Police force (he is a member of the revolutionary guards] himself has been directly involved in Kahrizak’s concentration camp crimes.

He mentions that he will soon reveal his identity. Although at this point still there is no way to evaluate the authenticity of the reports, what he says are believable and consistent with other independent reports . In fact I remember an acquaintance who spent years in Evin prison during the 80’s, he himself has been put in front of the execution squad twice. And a couple of times he was asked to pull the trigger on his comrades (while a guard holding the gun) .

In another quick note he mentions that some of his friends have been released from the camp, however the rest have been moved to a different province. There are speculations that the reason that Khamenh’ie ordered the camp to be closed down is because it is no longer a secrete detention center  and they want to clean up the crime scene (the same goes with the floor -4 detention center of the Interior ministry where I have a translated a report about what happened there to students on this blog. )

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Footnote

[1] Monafegh: Is a term that the regime started using to refer to the members of an armed opposition group “People’s Mojahedin of Iran”(PMOI), called “Mojahedin”  who branched off the body of the system in 1981. Now they are in exile in Iraq. I think the main reason that they picked the term Monafegh (hypocritsc) is because “Monafgeh” rymes with “Mojahed” ! Rhyming has been the backbone of the Iranian regimes Newspeak , probably a tribute to Iranians love for peotry!

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A quick update on Kahrizak post

July 28, 2009

The author of the report has updated his blog, he says that he erased the blog himself (because he got scared that he might get arrested again) and by mistake put a link to “gerdab” website (?) , here is the link to his new post in Persian

In his new posts he mentions that there were also some relatives of high ranking officials (including the nephew of Jannati, a clergy in the assembly of experts- who is one of the supporters of Ahmdainejad , however the nephew was among the protesters, and apparently after revealing his identity they released him)

In the new post as he promised he is revealing the identities of some of the other detainees  in the camp (and alive by the time that he left)

Here is the translation of the last part of his recent post which he mentions the names

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Assado-llah Zareh (Physician)

Hamid Lolagar

Afshin Esmi (he is in a very bad physical condition , constantly calling his mother and sisters , he is barely 16 , I wish they would have released him instead of me)

Ehsan Shabestari

Ahmad Nik-khah

Reza Enayat

Amin Azizi (he said that he is a police staff who has been on his time off)

Hamid Rezvani

Hooman Ahmadi (he is 18-19 and the most politically active in the group , he was not scared at all and kept saying that if they release him he would attend the protests again, he said he loves Mir Hossin Mousavi. When he was being beaten by the guards he would chant “YA Hossin – Mir Hossien”!!!! [one of the official slogans by the green movement] he would get beaten so hard by the plainclothes that his chanting would not make a difference anyways)

There was another important looking person (kind of middle age man) and looked like someone who would have been high up in the system, he did not identify himself , and after 3-4 days they took him out. he didn’t look like someone who would attend protests and he would not discuss anything with anybody. The plianclothes most of the times would spare him.


First hand testimonials of a 21 year old iranian protester who was arrested on 18 Tir protests in Tehran and taken to Kahrizak camp

July 28, 2009

This is a quick translation of a first-hand account of an eyewitness who spent days in a detention center called Kahrizak, in the South of Tehran. As you will see, immediately after his release he put this note on a blog that he created for this. However I noticed within matter of hours after this publication the blog was hacked and instead of this note, there is a link to the security services website that is designed to identify protesters(gerdab website).[1]

[Update on the hacking issue see the new post]

Here is a link to an Iranian website that has mirrored the same note (in Persian)

http://www.peykeiran.com/Content.aspx?ID=4373

In his note he has given the names of some people who died in that detention center and this is the first time that these names are released.
In translation, I tried to keep the original structure of the report.
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I don’t know where to start. I hope you forgive my grammatical mistakes in this report that I am going to write about Irans’ Gunatanamo, Kahrizak camp. I am in a rush and I have to go soon. Now that I am writing this it is 8 minutes in the morning of Mordad 6th [July 28]. This morning me and a couple of others miraculously were rescued from death.

Now I have arrived home from the hospital and immediately I created this blog [1]

I was arrested on Tir 18th [July 8th]. I am 21 years old. Now that I am writing this I can not believe that I am free. In the 18th Tir protests, me and a friend of mine were on a motor bike and my friend was filming [the events] using his mobile phone, [suddenly ] plainclothes attacked and started beating us. A woman came to our rescue but they beat the poor woman too.
They dropped us in a minibus that was full of beaten and injured people and the minibus took us to the police station. I was so badly beaten that I did not know where I am. After that they put all of us back to the wall, me and my friend were standing together. A heavily build plainclothe [guard] came and pulled some of us out and put us in a minibus. From that moment onward I don’t have any news about my friend. They took us with tens of others to Kahrizak camp.
You can not believe this, at least in that room that we were held there were another 200 people. they were all injured and beaten by batons. You could hear people crying everywhere. I told to myself what are they going to do with us? May be tomorrow they will take us to a jail or a court or something. At least that would be better than being here.
There was no place to sit down, and there was blood everywhere on the walls.
I was thinking of my friend, he was not someone who could bear to be in such a place.
[Suddenly] some of the people [in the room] started crying and saying that one person is dead. Their voices was coming from the back of the room, but may be you can not believe this that we were all standing so close to each other that no one could move. The plainclothes guards came into the room and broke all the bulbs in the room and in the pitch dark started beating us, whomever they could. They did that for half an hour. Some went into a coma after that and may be they were dead.
After that they put a flash light into our faces and said if you make a noise we will put these batons into your a… . I could not believe that. I was thinking that this is just a nightmare.
“Sadegh”, who was apparently their superior, picked up the body of the dead person leaned it on the wall, put the flash light into the dead persons face and said:”We have the order to kill you all. you’ll be lucky if you don’t die like this mother f..r [pointing at the dead person]. Do not make any noise (he said) if you’ll be alive till tomorrow so be it, if not then …

He [Sadegh] said: “You are all “Mohareb”s [2] Do you know what “Moharabeh” means?”  In front there was 16-17 years old boy. He grabbed his neck and asked: “Tell these people what “Moharebeh” means.” “I don’t know”, the boy said. The guard started beating the boy while shouting “tell them” (what it means) . He beat the boy so much that he fainted. He [Sadegh the guard] said ” it mean Satan, it means criminal. He kept beating the boy, some people in the room protested; They also got beaten to death.

In our room at least 4 people died by the morning.

Sadegh shouted, “here there is no tooth brush and no toilet, you do your job right here!! understood?”

There was no healthy person among us [all injured], everyone had blood on their faces, or they had a black eye like me. Many with broken legs and arms. Because of the darkness in the room I could not see many of the people there. When they would open the door the light would hurt us badly.
In the morning after and other days we spent the time in the worst possible condition that I need more time to explain it all.
To prevent us dying of hunger everyday (I don’t know in the night or the morning) they would give a bag of leftover food which we would eat eagerly. You could find pieces of old bread, herbs and rice in the bag.
There was one person among us called Dr.Zareh and he was responsible to ration the food among us. I just knew him and many others by their voices. Till one day Sadegh came with some bulbs and after that he took us outside in the camp.
Wow! that was a sense of freedom for us! the blue sky and the sunlight was a new thing for all of us (oh by the way, they took us out because they wanted us to take out our dirt and feces) I am sorry that I am writing this like that, I hope when others come out of the camp they can explain better and I am sure that this camp is way worse than Guantanomo and Abu-Garib.
Anyway, based on Sadegh’s tyros, we were among the first whom they kicked out of the camp without being tried! due to the lack of space in the camp. And they threatened us if we say anything to anyone they will immediately kill us.
Immediately after my release I contacted my family using a passerby’s cell phone, and they came and picked me up. Freedom is sweet!
But remember that there are thousands of people still in Kahrizak camp in the worst possible condition.
Also I want to give the names of some who died in the camp that I have memorized their names. By the way, if those animals would take these people to a hospital they would have not been dead.
Hasan Shapuri (Student)
Reza Fatahi (Student)

Milad (no last name, he is the 16-17 years boys whom Sadegh beated him to death the first night and went to a coma after, and they took him with them but the doctor who was with us, somehow our senior, said that the boy was bleeding from his ears and mouth and unfortunately is dead)
Morteza Salahshoor
Morad Aghasi
Mohsen Entezami

Also I have the names of many of people who are still in custody in our camp and I will put their names on the same blog in the following days

God frees us from them
I can not believe where I have been 24 hours ago.
God, free all Iranians and freedom lovers as soon as possible!

P.S. I think with regards to the changes that were being made in Kahrizak, the detention center that their corrupt leader [Khameneh’ie] is supposed to close down is the same Kahrozak camp. Because many died in there.

Reza Yavari (my nickname)
Mordad 6th 1:10 AM [July 28]
Hope for the release of those who are still in Kahrizak

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Footenotes:
[1] within matter of hours after this publication the blog was hacked and instead of this note, there is a link to the security services website that is designed to identify protesters(gerdab website). Here is the link to the original post
http://kahrizak.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/%D9%81%D8%AC%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B9-%D9%88-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%88%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87-%DA%A9%D9%87%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B2%DA%A9/

[2] Mohareb: Enemy of God , and Moharebeh the act of fighting against God (I think!)