July 11, 2013

I do not regret any of my actions and I am prepared to die

Translated and edited by: Banafsheh zand
Based on received reports, on Monday, July 8th, the special guards assigned to the dissident clerics ward of Evin prison took Mr. Hossein Kazemeini-Boroujerdi for a new round of interrogations, which lead to many hours of physical and psychological torture. The interrogation began in the afternoon on Monday and continued through till Tuesday morning where Mr. Boroujerdi was repeatedly threatened and as a result of his refusal to concede to the demands of the regime’s pressures by signing a letter of ‘repentance’, he was informed that “the pressures and tortures will increase, until he has been destroyed.” 

This imprisoned Freedom-fighter continues to stand up to and oppose the religious dictatorship, and persists in his defense of human rights and democracy. During the seven years of his incarceration which has been fraught with repeated interrogations, torture and pressures, he has refused to surrender his position and capitulate. 

In the phone call to his family that followed this episode, he stated very clearly that he will never give in to a single threat or intimidation tactic of the regime; he added that he does not regret any of his actions and stands by his word, as he is prepared to die.

Mr. Boroujerdi who has remained steadfast in exposing the tyranny of the ruling regime in Iran, has found various covert methods of transmitting his statements from inside prison. His last statement from prison, issued on May 22nd, called on the Iranian people to boycott of the so-called elections on June 14th. For that, he was transferred to solitary confinement, where he suffered severe heart and respiratory deterioration.

At present, his physical condition is extremely critical and he must be transferred to a full facility hospital for immediate medical treatment. The prison infirmary is entirely unequipped to attend to any of his ailments. The Iranian regime’s judiciary, the Ministry of Intelligence and the prison authority have categorically refused calls for his medical furlough and for admittance to a proper health care facility. They also prohibit his access to all prescribed medication, until he pens a letter of repentance.

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