Mirhossein Mousavi said in his 11 Mordad 1389 speech with a number of followers: “Oppression and cruelty in any circumstances and at any time is reprehensible, whether it be during the Pahlavi era or in the Islamic Republic era. Oppression in the Islamic Republic is in fact worse because it is done under the name of Islam. Does Islam accept that a human being’s dignity is violated or is forced to give a confession when his head is dunked in the toilet?”
According to Jaras News Report from Tehran, as indicated by some accounts from reliable sources, the name of this prisoner is Hamzeh Kamali. He was one of the Revolutionary Guards’ commanders during the war and his job as director of the Guards’ headquarters in Tehran province was his last position with them. From 1368 to 1374 he was the chief officer at Varamin, and from 1374 to 1380 he was director of politics at the President’s Office during the Rafsanjani and Khatami administrations. Karami was chief of Rafsanjani’s media center during the Ninth Presidential Elections, and during the Tenth Presidential Elections he was director of [Mousavi’s] website; he was active in Mousavi’s campaign headquarters as well.
Hamzeh Karami got arrested in the wake of the 1388 post-election events, and stayed in solitary confinement for seventy days. On 3 Shahrivar 1388 he was tried in court without a lawyer. The 15th Branch of the Tehran Revolutionary Court condemned Karami to 16 years in prison and indefinite exemption from government service. In presenting his appeals statement, he claimed that all the confessions he made during the interrogations and in the first court were false, saying that all confessions were taken from him under intense pressure which lacked any legal value and integrity. The 36th Branch of the Tehran Appeals Court condemned Karami to 11 years in prison and indefinite exemption from government service. Hamzeh Karami has the longest sentence out of all people arrested after the (1388) presidential elections.
On 24 Ordibehesht 1389, Hamzeh Karami was temporarily released from Evin Prison with a heavy penalty of 2,000,000 tomans (approx. $2,000 U.S.), and returned to Evin five days later. Security officers wanted him to do a TV interview critical of Rafsanjani but he turned down their request. For this reason another five-day extension for him was not approved, hence he returned to prison.
During the first days of Mordad when he had another five-day release, Karami was bedridden at the critical care unit at Tehran’s Taleghani Hospital because of a heart attack. Dr. Hadi Manafi, former Minister of Health and Medicine, as representative of Hashemi Rafsanjani (Head of the Assembly of Experts) visited Karami at the hospital on the morning of Thursday, 3 Mordad. One of Karami’s relatives announced that he is half-conscious and his doctors have prohibited visits [to Karami}.
Because of a great deal of torture, Hamzeh Karami suffered from many kinds of illnesses. He said, “They put me under all kinds of torture, for example more than twenty times they dunked my head into a toilet full of feces and they wanted me to confess on their terms. Every time I screamed ‘Ya Zahra!’ they dared (to continue)! Whenever I said, ‘Ya Allah!’ they were saying ‘We are your God today and we can do whatever we want to you.”’
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