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Open letter from Akbar Mohammadi in Evin prison to the Head of the Islamic judiciary

SMCCDI news Service
February 29, 2000

Akbar Mohammadi has written an open letter to the attention of Ayatollah Sharoudi, head of the Islamic judiciary, denouncing his conditions and asking him to intervene.

Below are the main extracts of this letter from a student facing death sentence:

" Your Excellency,

...I was arrested a couple of days after the events that followed the University demonstrations; I was physically tortured and whipped from the beginning...

...Specifically, I was hung upside down while being flogged at the bottom of my feet with metal cables as a result of which, I have suffered the loss of two toe nails. Because of severe punches and kicks to the facial area, I've lost most of my hearing on my right ear...

..My only crime was to be the brother of Manouchehr Mohammadi who was a participant in the university incidents....

...I have always honestly and genuinely stated that I had nothing to do with these events except to hand out water to the students and even to the security forces...

...They tried to force me to sign a confession to identify and accuse individuals whose pictures were shown to me. Because of my belief in the almighty and the fact that I have not witnessed any wrong doing by people whom I've never seen, I never signed a confession....

...In the name of the constitution, in order to uphold the values of the revolution and to respect the sanctity of the university and its students, I ask you, as the head of the judiciary to ensure proper investigation of these atrocities committed against me and others, and to see that justice is carried out...."