Mousavi: Torture has reached the bone
02 Aug 2009 17:52
[TEHRAN BUREAU] Mir Hossein Mousavi issued a new statement, blasting the sham trials that got under way yesterday.
The statement begins,
They [the hard-liners] say that in the trials that began yesterday the Revolution's children confessed to having links with foreigners and planning to overthrow the Islamic Republic. I carefully examined what they said, and could not find any truth to this [the claim]. But what I did hear was the deep moaning of the arrested who were telling us about their painful fate over the past 50 days [since their arrest after the election]; [I saw] broken and humiliated people who would have confessed to anything else also [under torture]. What else could they have said other than the story of their pains? They [the accused] say that Mohsen Ruholamini [a young man belonging to a prominent conservative family who was tortured and killed] was martyred because he was righteous. They said that if they had not resisted, this show [trial] would have happened weeks ago. They said that they repeated what they [the hardliners] had told them to say.
The torturers' and interrogators' teeth have reach people's bone, to the extent that their victims are now those who have greatly served the country and the political system; they [torturers and interrogators] are threatening those who had the most fundamental role in the establishment of this system [after the Revolution] and its growth and development. Are you [the hardliners] threatening those who have always dreamt of martyrdom, to something [punishment] less than that [martyrdom, meaning that the arrested people are prepared to die for their cause]? Or, after destroying the republican side of the political system [with the rigged election], are you targeting the Islamic side and its credibility with [your] dishonorable acts? The only definitive judgment of the human conscience after watching the show trials is a de-legitimization [of the system] and the lack of moral credibility of the perpetrators [of the show trials].
In addition to completely rejecting the legitimacy of the trials, Mousavi sees them as an attempt to legitimize the widely disputed second term of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which is to begin on Wednesday August 5.
What we and you watched was nothing but amateurish preparation for the start of the 10th administration [after the Revolution]. They [the hardliners] expect to prove that the election was honest by putting on a show trial in which everything is fake. If you really did not commit fraud, why do you not demonstrate it in court by respecting the most elementary aspects of a true trial? What do they [hard-liners] expect to convince the nation of, when the opening statement is devoid of substance, refers to meaningless issues, utilizes worthless books, names reporters that no one has ever heard of, and resorts to confessions that were obtained through medieval tortures? Do they not know that the Prophet said that there is no punishment for those who have confessed under torture, and that there is no such thing as a confession of someone who is in jail and has been threatened [meaning that such confessions have no validity and consequence]?
Our people who watched their children after 50 days feel their pain. My brothers, do not be sad. You should know that the people understand your situation, and realize that saving your lives has the highest priority. The nation will soon witness the trials of the perpetrators of these crimes, and get to know the interrogators and torturers who put no value on the life and honor of the arrested.
The statement ends by quoting a Quranic verse that promises eventual punishment for the torturers and interrogators:
And if God questioned the oppressors, no one would survive on earth, but He postpones their punishment until a certain time, and when the time of their death arrives, no one can postpone it for even an hour.
In a similar development, former president Mohammad Khatami also rejected the trials as a show and a sham. He said the confessions aired during these show trials lacked all legitimacy. He called for those who have committed crimes in the detention centers to be put on trial and punished.
Meeting a group of political activists, and current and former Majles [parliament] deputies, Khatami emphasized that defending the [true] political system is important for everyone, and people should not allow the deviants [from the principles of the Revolution] to harm the people and the system. He said that,
In our political system, which is the result of the Islamic Revolution, the rights and honor of the people have the highest place, and a [true] defender of the political system is one who defends people's rights, including their vote.
Relying on confessions that have been obtained under a special circumstance [through torture] have no legal validity. In addition to what we witnessed about the arrest of the people [through the show trials], there are important problems with the [show] trials, including not allowing the attorneys for the accused to be present in court, not allowing the accused know in advance when their trials would begin, and many other problems.
The most significant effects of these show trials will be the harm [they do] to the political system and the [destruction of the] public's trust [in the system].
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