murder of the late Sattar Beheshti
charge of premeditated murder has been dropped and changed to
quasi-intentional murder in the case examining the cause of death of
blogger Sattar Beheshti. Therefore since I do not have the opportunity of
attending the court due to being incarcerated, I deem it necessary to for
the first time, officially share what I witnessed and what I was told by
the victim when he was held in Ward 350 of Evin prison shortly before he
was murdered. I do so in the hopes that in this stage of the proceedings, I
can be helpful in disclosing the truth about the incident. I hereby declare
my readiness to serve as a witness in court in order to shed light on the
events that took place.
steadfast in my belief in reform and enforcement of the law by preventing
violations of human rights through a fair trial.
shedding light on some unknown aspects of the incident leading to this
350 on October 31, 2012. After a brief conversation I noticed that his
physical condition was very dire and his disturbing state was a result of
the interrogations that had taken place on the 30th and 31st of October.
the prominent symptoms on his body resulting from the torture that had been
inflicted on him, as listed below:
and kicked by the interrogator.
interrogator. Even though I had heard narratives of the severe torture that
took place in the security police detention centers, it was surprising in
that Sattar’s alleged activities did not warrant the brutality and level of
violence used against him. Sattar Beheshti said that while he was hung from
the ceiling, his interrogator viciously beat him and he was very worried
that the beatings would be repeated. Sattar said, “I was handcuffed and
when they dropped me to the ground, the interrogator kept his foot on my
head as he cursed my mother and sister. Another time they had my arms and
legs tied to a chair as the interrogator incessantly punched me and kicked
me.” Sattar said the interrogator bluntly said to him, “I will kill you and
I will not allow you to leave here alive. I won’t even allow your corpse to
be delivered to your mother. The only way you can get out of here alive is
to cooperate with me by saying and writing what I demand.”
and tortured by using electric shock and cables. The deceased who was in
excruciating testicular pain said that after the blows to his stomach and
testicles he saw blood in his urine. He said the interrogator forced him to
get naked and threated him with sexual violence.
exposed, the officials involved repeatedly claimed that the accused was
detained because of the content in his weblog. But it is interesting for
you to know that according to Sattar, the unlawful and brutal conduct of
the interrogators was not aimed at extracting a confession regarding the
content of his weblog or Facebook account. Sattar said the torture
inflicted on him was to coerce him into providing his username and password
on Facebook, and making other such disclosures. Therefore it is clear that
the focus of the interrogation was not to question what Sattar wrote in his
weblog or Facebook account, but rather it was to gain illegal access to his
privacy – which was the incentive for two rounds of severe interrogations
resulting in his death.
which was spent in Ward 350 of Evin prison without being interrogated. You
are now obligated to determine when a person is tortured this severely in
less than 36 hours; threatened with death – which is a crime in itself;
when he is boldly told by interrogators that they plan on killing him; told
what they will do with his corpse, is it conceivable to speak of the lack
of planning and premeditation in the murder? Or does a “typical killer” not
use this level of violence, abuse, physical and psychological torment? Is
an interrogator, who uses the excuse of trying to extract a confession and
is fully aware of the severity of his blows and the impact it has on a
person, who abuses his position and resorts to inflicting savage torture
through any means, then claims he had no ill intent and did not
deliberately commit the murder, vindicated of committing a crime that was a
direct result of his actions?!
have said, and I respectfully request that the judiciary address this
matter and follow up on the case.
Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki