Posted by: bahareiran | August 16, 2010

Female political prisoner sentenced to death for links to PMOI

 An informed source said that a death sentence has been issued for Farah Vazehan who was arrested after Ashura. On August 4, there were reports that the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court sentenced her to 15 years of prison but this informed source said that she was actually sentenced to death.  This source, who asked not to be named, said that Vazehan’s family did not inform her of her death sentence to prevent her from becoming unhappy.

 This sentence was issued by Judge Salavati in the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court and is an initial sentence. Farah Vazehan is currently in the Public Female Cellblock in Evin Prison and has been in temporary detention for 7 months. She was arrested in her home two days after Ashura on December 29, 2009. She has been charged with participating in street protests and ‘waging war with God by cooperating with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran’. (Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Aug. 10, 2010)

Torture

Farah Vazehan was arrested after widespread popular protests on Ashura (Dec. 27, 2009) by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence in her home along with her two children. She was taken to a secret Ministry of intelligence detention center where she was under constant torture for one month. She was interrogated three times in one month for several hours. This political prisoner was physically and mentally tortured in her interrogations.

This detention center had dark cold corridors and lacked minimum facilities. The moans and cries of other prisoner who were being tortured could be heard day and night in this secret detention center.

After 30 days of torture, she was taken to a solitary cell in cellblock 209 in Evin prison where she was interrogated by an intelligence agent nicknamed Alavi. He was also in charge of interrogating her two children. Her daughter has lymph cancer and is in critical condition. But agents of the Ministry of Intelligence detained her for a few days and interrogated and tortured her to force her to make confessions against her mother. They were forced to release her because of her deteriorating condition.

Farah Vazehan was banned from calling her family while in the secret detention center. Even when she was taken to cellblock 209 where she shared a cell with other prisoners she was still banned from contacting her family. This is while her daughter was very sick and Vazehan desperately needed to known about her condition.

She is currently detained in the female cellblock in Evin Prison and is still kept in an undetermined state after 8 months. She has been charged with taking pictures and films of protests and having communications with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran…

Notably, Farah Vazehan’s uncle was hanged in the 80’s in prison and a number of her other family members including her sister were arrested and violently tortured in the arrests made in the 80’s. (Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran – Aug. 11, 2010)

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