In his statement issued from Evin prison Motamednia former adviser to the Chief of Staff, one of the supporters of the eight year holy war against Iraq and special representative to Bahonar and Mir Hossein Mousavi in the mining industry emphasized: “During the next 45 days, in the event that my demands are not met, I will only consume water from sunset until early morning prayer”
It is worth mentioning that Motamednia also launched a hunger strike in February of last year but put an end to that hunger strike when his demands were finally met. Motamednia was arrested during the aftermath of the rigged presidential elections on June 29th, 2009 and held in solitary confinement for two months prior to being released on bail. He was later sentenced to one year prison by the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abassi on charges of propaganda against the regime and transferred to Evin prison on August 12th, 2011 in order to begin serving his prison sentence.
The full content of Motamednia’s statement provided to Kaleme is as follows:
In the name of God the Merciful,
“When Allah made a covenant with those who were given the Book: ‘You shall explain it for the people and you shall not conceal it,’ they cast it behind their backs and sold it for a paltry gain. How evil is what they buy!” (Surah Aal-e-Imran 3:187)
More than a year has passed since the house arrest of the innocent and oppressed leaders of the Green movement. During this time the political pressure and oppression has increased to such a degree that even the cries for justices by freedom seeking Iranian patriots have been suppressed with threats, incarceration, beatings and harsh and unfair prison sentences by the judiciary. Alas, throughout it all he who is responsible for all the oppression has sat idly while the rights of a nation protected under the Constitution , a constitution that embodies the ideals of the Islamic Revolution of February 1979 and is based on the fortitude and courage of a brave and oppressed nation and the martyrs of our land have been ignored. He [who is responsible] seeks to deprive our nation of their sovereign rights to such a degree that today the idea of freedom of thought and expression and any form of political activity has been criminalized, resulting in heavy, unfair and unjust sentences designed to limit any form of activity and silence an entire nation.
To this end, I Mohmmad Reza Motamednia, one of the sons of the Islamic Revolution of our beloved land, in objection to all this cruelty and cowardice and undue pressure on the memory of the martyrs of the Islamic Republic, vow to stand true to the religious and cultural beliefs of our nation, launching a hunger strike on Monday April 9th 2012, placing myself in the hands of God, until such time that the former prime minister to the Imam Khomeini, Mir Hossein Mousavi’s house arrest has been lifted and this beloved and honorable son of the Islamic Revolution, Ario Barzan, Sattar Khan, Bagher Khan, and other historically renowned martyrs such as Hemat and Bakeri, his wife Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi have been released.
During the next 45 days, in the event that my demands are not met, I will only consume water from sunset until early morning prayer.
Mohammad Reza Motamednia
Son of the Islamic Revolution
Evin Prison, Ward 350
April 9th, 2012