"Ruidad" newspaper in persian. December 12/2004
The letter of " Ali Mazrui " to president, The detail about investigations and effort to take confession from " Hanif Mazrui ".
I am writting this letter because of the letters that was published in the name of detained journalists known as " Internet Sites " , by judicial assembly . I did not intend to publicly write this letter however due to the noise made by those who had a hand on this project, by publishing these letters of regret they wanted to coverup their illegal,immoral and oppressive acts,made me to write the letter.I hope Tehran judiciary will allow my letter to be pulished as they did force some newspapers to publish those letters and won't use it's censor , so that " the truth seekers and friends of justice " behind the noise can find the reality of what exactly went, on imprisoned internet sites journalists.and if someday in this country a true judiciary system begin its work, will bring justice to what i have reported. Although those detained journalists are free on bail and are awaiting for their trial and sentences! and naturally whatever they say and write must be carefully analyzed and believed.But there is a tomarrow which will bring the truth, and I do not know why those who continousely speak on the discourse of justice are quiet and became just an observer to all these obvious injustice happening on citizens without protection ! The end .
Honourable Mohammad Khatami
The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Hello and re-assuring the greeting,
In continuation to the letters dated November 25/2004 and September 4/2004, Once again I am taking your time , to report to your honour about the freedom of Hanif and other detained people connected to internet sites , So that you will know what went on to these people? and what the investigators were looking for? and what they have achieved? and ...
At around 6:30pm on Tuesday November 9/2004 someone from public prosecutor's office contacted our house and said that tomarrow at 9:00am with a property ownership document for the freedom of Hanif , come to the public prosecutors office in district # 9 of the airport.The next day Wednesday Nov. 10 / 2004, I attended to the location.At first the athorities in prosecutors office said that they do not know anything about the matter, But they asked me and Ghoreishi's family to wait,and at last after one and a half hour they have said you can write the request for bail application, at this time Mr. Derayati joined us too.Each one of us filled the applications and the supervisor of prosecutors office agreed with the writing.the process for the bail took until next day , and they told us that these three people ( Hanif Mazrui, Mehdi Derayati and Massoud Ghoreishi )will be released today, When I asked where should we go to fetch them , they said you don't need to go anywhere , they will come themselves. One of the interesting part of this process was that, there was no name document of detainese in the office , only due to our request and the agreement of office supervisor they followed the matter.
Around 8:00pm while exhusted of waiting for several hours and disappointed of the release, Hanif called and informed us about his freedom, and told us that, from the police station in Nilofar Circle ( The place where he has been arrested ) is calling and will come with a Taxi. After arrival he explained that they were disappointed for the release too , but after 7:00pm they told us to take our belonging and go with them and they told us to ride in their car and around an hour they drove us in the city of Tehran with a blindfold.It was around 8:00pm they told me to take off the blindfold and get off , I was in front of the police station in Nilofar Circle.While saying goodbye to "Derayati" and "Ghoreishi" and because I knew that they do not have any money with them for Taxi, I gave each of them 5000 Tuman ( Iranian money ) and then I got off the car. And right away i called you and came with a Taxi. And later I understood that these two people were droped , the same way but in front of the " Edare Amaken" in Motahari St. , And since the family of "Ghoreishi" up to 2:00pm were waiting there for their children , they brought them to their house. Unfortunately the style of those who were following the files for the release of these people were also the same.
This is what Hanif told us in summary about his ordeal:
Right after entering the prison , while having blindfold and standing opposit to the wall, his investigation was started. The first question was: Write about all your immorality. About this question Hanif asked , What am I charged with?and the interrogator said; just answere the question and we will deal with that later. When Hanif answered that he has no immorality , the interrogator started beating him and again repeats with the questions and at last because of the dead end to this way of questioning , the interrogator starts on the subject that; based on the confession of "Derayati" , you were the technical manager of " Ruidad " sites and you should explain about this.Hanif denied this subject and said about his work in "YAS NO" newspaper and the responsibility of its site , He added that: sometimes when the site got into the problem, they gave me the news by calling me and I by speaking to "Mr. Derayati " solved the problem. After three hours the interrogation came to an end, But half an hour later again the interrogation by confronting Hanif with Derayati continues, which took half an hour.After this interrogation they brought Hanif to his cell, and at night "Mr. Mehdipour" the successor to the public prosecutor of # 9 region of Tehran , calls him in for arreignment and accuses him based on the confession of Derayati for " action against national security through the site of Ruidad" and gives him the detention order , which Hanif without any protests signes it.After this five more times he has been interrogated about immorality, adultry and....the interrogator went as far questioning him about the most private part of his family life, On the next days during interrogation he had no blindfold and he was no longer asked to face the wall instead he faced the interrogator but the questions were no longer about immorality but about political problems( peoples, newspapers, Jebheh Mosharekat and Organization of the Mojahedin of Islamic Revolution ) and they ask him to write about individuals. They also ask him to write whatever he knows about me( his father ) too .That what do I do at home , What do I say, What do I read, whom do I meet, and the activities outside the house in the Association of Syndicate Journalists, newspapers, Jebheh Mosharekat......my contact with Mr. Khatami, Mousavi Khoeiniha.....and at the end when they do not find anything from the answers to hang on that , again they go back to Hanif's activities and writings in newspapers and at last they find an article from him in "YAS NO" which becomes his charges and Mr. Mehdipour After 47 days and this time in public prosecutors office , brought 8 persons that have convicted of actions against national security of the holly Islamic Republic System through participation in managing the sites, and publication of false daily notes in newspapers to bring public unrest , to arraigne Hanif. and asks him to get ready to the next week for the court and to give the defense argument, after this arraignment , he gives ride to all the 8 accused with the blindfold and one person throw a tear gas among them inside the car and closes the door as a result all of them starts caughing and made noises, which later on the door opens and they get relieved from that terrible ordeal.And people saw the scene and started to protest, Then they asks them to prepare themselves for the court, and they were in their cells. Hanif gave his defense argument which was rejected by the interrogator, and was told that some parts of the argument must be removed, and those revealing points be added .And finally the ordeal comes to freedom with bail. Out of 66 days that Hanif was in prison , He spent 59 days in a solitary confinement 2*5/1 meter and except during the interrogation , In 24 hours only 3 times for only 3 minutes they took him out of his cell for washrooms, during the interrogation many times he had been beaten and was intensely under pressure.
Based on what he has learnt the interrogator was a person with the name of " Keshavarz" ( nearly short, around 50-60 years of age with grey beard and relatively chubby ). The food and hygiene situation of the prison was in midium and aside from the internet sites related people other persons were also kept in that location, the management of the prison was with police forces.of course , as I said in my previous letter, the authorities in the ministry of justice never were willing to disclose the location of this prison, and based on the testimonies , it is a prison out of jurisdiction of the prisons management organization, and therefore it is illegal, and of course based on the testimonies that Hanif has , he distinguished the exact location of the prison.
What they have done on Hanif ,They more or less did on other related detained people . the 13 people that they have released so far , ( on bail ) , they did not have a big case for them in the court, but for the 8 of them they are making a moral case, so that in this way, they bring the case together.And of course god should help them. What they have done in this illegal and brutal actions , Except the " policy of fear " and " bothering actions " there can't be any other name for this and I do not know that these people who talk day and night on the discourse of justice and their believes in religion is so loud , how can they response to their brutal and inhuman actions on the judgement day ? At present in the world they do not see themselves responsive to any person and any place . surely I will write a letter to the leader and in that letter i would explain about this incident under his government . At the end i am attaching a written document that they asked Hanif in a television interview to say in order to be released but he did not give in and they forget to get back this written document. God bless all of us.
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