'Abtahi given pills to forget the world'
02 Aug 2009 19:05
Photo: Mohammad Ali Abtahi, before and after incarceration. Source: Parliamentnews via blog In an interview with Parliamentnews, Mohammad-Reza Tabesh, head of the minority Reformist bloc of the Iranian parliament, said the manner in which the trial of post-vote detainees was being conducted has left everyone in a state of shock.
A court session was held on Saturday in which detained opposition activists and protesters were charged with rioting, threatening national security and conspiring against the establishment.
"A will stronger than that of the law and the Supreme Leader does not want the trial of the detainees of the post-election unrest to be held according to the law and with justice," he said.
"If the Leader is made aware of the situation in the prisons, the treatment of the detainees and their families, and the violation of the law in dealing with them, just as he ordered the closure of the Kahrizak detention center, he would immediately order the closure of these compounds, the administration of justice and fairness in the trial of the detainees, and he would order that those responsible for prisoner abuse be punished."
"Everyone has been shocked by the form of these trials in which the detainees are not allowed access to lawyers and neither they nor their families are aware of their charges."
"We cannot refrain from expressing our concerns over the manner of these trials and hope that this tactic is not aimed at completing the pre-planned scenario in which prisoners have been isolated and confessions have been extracted," Tabesh added.
"After a period of having no news, when families were finally allowed to make a short phone call or visit, they were told not to pass on [to the detainees] any news about the situation outside the court."
Tabesh quoted Reformist figure Mohammad-Ali Abtahi's wife, who recently visited her husband in prison, as saying that he had lost 10 kilos in the 43 days since his detention and that he had said," they have been giving me some pills in the past few days that detach me from everything going on around me."
Tabesh, however, stressed that Abtahi had told his wife that the pills bring him peace.