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Mousavi: Torture has reached the bone

02 Aug 2009 17:5222 Comments
abtahiBy MUHAMMAD SAHIMI in Los Angeles | 2 Aug 2009

[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].

Copyright (c) 2009 Tehran Bureau

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Press TV..doesn't let very much through, but I got these & more...but they were only shown...when they were pulled off. Press TV are very afraid of words!

Press TV...are now 5 days to being "Past their Date TV"!

This court & these trials are right out of an abyss; that will surely swallow them down to "Satan" in the next few days. God knows & I know that second is drawing as close as these courts next session!

Soon the court will be judging Khamenei & Ahmadinejad for their forever past & present heinous ways!

I sent this one under the name, "Hello my Lovelies".

Press TV...yous are a "JOKE"!

Press TV...yous are a "Pig in a Poke"!

Press TV...& so is your "Government"!

Yous are all a world "Joke"!

But no-one laughing excess the "ASS" in your "Pants"!

Which is as useful...as if it was the size of an "Ant"?

Press TV...Yous are a world laughing journalistic "JOKE"!

Now Press TV...all together have a good "Laugh at your selves"!

Because you're the world's most audible journalistic "JOKE"!

Bye, Bye, Lovelies.....He...He. Haw...Haw......!!!!!!

I can't stop "Laughing at you "Guys"!

You major journalistic "Autocracy" "Joke"!

Jaker / August 2, 2009 2:17 PM


Any decent leader would stop this awful theatre. The current government of Iran should be ashamed of themselves there is no wonder everyone in Iran wants them out!

Alex Elliott / August 2, 2009 2:17 PM

The Iranian judical system is fair and the trials are fair. america is the nation with the corrupt judicial system, not Iran.

Radical Guy / August 2, 2009 5:05 PM

Hey Radical Guy, have you ever even left the country before?

Western governments do not torture in order to coerce their own citizens (prominent ones especially) in order to further their own agendas. In fact, this iranian government is so blind that they don't have the capacity to even understand that they've made things oh so much worse for themselves while inadvertantly helping the cause of the people and of the reformists.

DC Iranian / August 2, 2009 8:07 PM

This is very common in regime where a dictator on the way out wants to insert its poison into society(just like a snake)

Iran stay strong the freedom come to those who pay the most.

There will be time where khamanei and his thugs will be judged in the same court.

Zende Bad Iranian Azad

Kharejomhori / August 2, 2009 8:52 PM

I saw some typos in the Radical Guy comment, so I felt to correct it as following:

The Iranian judical system is not fair and the trials are even worse. America is the nation with a fair judicial system. Thanks America for being the best role model present in the world. Love you America.

Yeki, / August 2, 2009 10:28 PM

My dear brothers and sisters stop being distracted by this ignorant indivituals.Why are you trying to conveience them. Have you not learned from history.They will be jughed in the same courtroom but without the pills and the false confessions. We will allow them their rights under the law!We will allow them lawyers of their own choosing! And we will ask the IRANIAN NATION to sit in judgement of these dictators and oppressors of our people! Be patient.It is time to ORGANIZE MOBILIZE AND EDUCATE.

Ben Khezri / August 2, 2009 10:48 PM

A parody of justice. Government thought they can appease the people by having this so called "trial"?

For many years Iran has a rotten justice, political and religious system.

shetty / August 3, 2009 3:25 AM

Khamenei has lost his moral leadership. He could be considered a dead man walking.

shetty / August 3, 2009 8:04 AM

So far it is hard to say which will turn out to be the greater embarrassment to the legacy of this administration: the June 12 election or this "show trial."

Any doubts that the election was rigged by conservative elements in the administration can be set aside, now that we see from this trial how little regard they have for the appearance of justice, for human rights and for the judgment of history.

May Mahmoud "Landslide" Ahmadinejad and Ayutollah Khamenei soon have their final embarrassment, and be neutralized in some way.

Roger / August 3, 2009 5:23 PM

"...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] "

There is nothing new said here.

There has never been a public trust in the system.

Injustice in the court system has been going on for ever. My elementary school friend was an attorney, could not tolerate seeing the injustice, was not allowed to help and defend people, she ended her life.

Maryam / August 4, 2009 12:11 AM

Radical Guy is stoned, he is brain washed by the bloody supreme killer.

Maryam / August 4, 2009 12:17 AM

President George Bush said it before;and it still describes these thugs :

" Axis of Evil".

bushtheliberator / August 4, 2009 1:38 AM



FAYE MOGHTADER / August 4, 2009 10:20 AM


NO! You have been brainwashed by the american government, the true evil one.

Radical Guy / August 4, 2009 10:21 AM

Ben Khezri,

Yes Ben, don't be distracted from the true enemy of Iran - the american government. And Ben, when the bombs start falling on Iran I will accept your apology. The Iranian government is not your enemy -- the american goverment is.

Radical Guy / August 4, 2009 10:35 AM

"Radical" Guy:

You still have not answered my question: Why do you live in Toronto, Canada, instead of the heaven-on-earth that your idols Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Khamenei have built for your type in Iran?

Should you be "pressured" to give the answer, or "confess" the way the great reformist leaders are made to?

Muhammad / August 4, 2009 12:43 PM

It is obvious that Radical Guy is either 1) a troll, 2) an agent of the Islamic Republic or 3) mentally handicapped. To claim that the current dictatorship in Iran does not use torture clearly puts him in one the above categories.

Maziar / August 4, 2009 2:39 PM

I think Radical Guy was denied Visa by the US government and that's why he is so angry.

Yeki, / August 4, 2009 3:54 PM


You make jokes about me. Tell me why you love america so much.

Radical Guy / August 4, 2009 11:59 PM

Thank you Mr Sahimi for this piece.

I do wonder, however, about all the Americans, some quoting George Bush, so concerned about judicial processes in Iran. Do you express similar concerns about Guantanemo? Or what you are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Worry about the beam in your own eye.

Nazih Musa / August 5, 2009 12:56 PM

Dear Nazih Musa:

Thank you for your comments.

Yes, if you read my past articles, especially on www.antiwar.com, you will see that I am as opposed to Guantanamo, Bagram and Abu Ghraib, as I am to Evin, Kahrizak, Rajaei Shahr, IRGC Jail 66, etc.

As I have said over many many years, human rights are universal values, They do not recognize political borders.

Muhammad Sahimi / August 5, 2009 1:58 PM