In his latest letter, the famous Iranian political prisoner Hashem Khastar, who is currently imprisoned in Mashhad’s Vakil Abad prison, wrote that the Iranian regime has prosecuted him yet again following a 3-hour-long court hearing. In his letter, he also exposed the dire situation of the regime, a regime that is like an injured animal struggling to stay alive by pushing itself out of its insoluble crisis.
He explained that the regime is torn in parts and that all of its officials, from the highest-ranking members to the prison guards, are expecting a new revolution in the country.
Below is the full text of Khastar’s letter, which reads as follows:
“Brave Iranian people,
On Sunday night, July 31, 2022, I was informed that I was to have a court hearing the next day. When that day came, they gave me the prison uniform, which I refused to wear, but the guards used force against me. My hands and legs were cuffed and I was put in a car. Once in the car, one of the officials, who was formerly one of my colleague’s students, recognized me and said that he had permission to remove my ankle shackles, which he then removed.
They took me to Branch 902 of the Revolutionary Court along with 5 officers. Here is a summary of the three-and-a-half-hour interrogation session so that the heroic nation of Iran can judge.
- You should know that I do not recognize the court, if I was supposed to speak, it was only for the judgment of the heroic nation of Iran.
- They told me to help them to build up the country. I said: “The house is wrecked from the base, and ‘you’ are thinking about fixing the balcony.”
- I am expecting a new sentence of ten years imprisonment.
- They asked me what kind of ruling system I accept. I said only a republic. Religion is a private issue and belongs to mosques and Hussainiya.
- They claimed that I had many face-to-face meetings. I denied this and stated that I had only had two previous meetings, the first of which was in January 2020, and the second was in June 2022.
- (They ridiculously) said that if I did not go to court; they would come to the prison.
- They asked me, with insistence, who should they bring into the government to fix the country, I said they should bring the ‘freedom movement’ or the ‘National Front’ and hold a ‘free election’, and the people will choose the best candidate.
- The MOIS had prepared a thick document containing my letters, voice, and video messages which were become public, and asked me how I succeeded to send them out of the prison. They asked how I did it so that they would not summon my wife. I told them that the prison is full of freedom-loving people, who they are not aware of.
- Every letter is a historical document and honor for humanity.
- If anyone rejects even one sentence of my letters, then I will keep silent.
- In prison, Jawaharlal Nehru wrote a three-volume book containing nearly two thousand pages in the form of letters to his daughter Indira. He even wrote the crimes of the British in India… but the authorities cannot bear to acknowledge even some of my letters from inside the prison.
I was inside the court with the regime’s inspector Ali Nejad and a soldier, who was so enamored with my way that when I came back, I asked him to tie my handcuffs so that he would not face any problems. He refused to handcuff me, and I was later returned to prison without handcuffs.
One of my accusations was that I had insulted the Imam (Ruhollah Khomeini, the regime’s founder) and the supreme leader and that they had supposedly said that I had called them traitors.
Are those who spend Iran’s wealth and capital in Yemen, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, etc., not traitors, while the Iranian people are living in poverty and misery? I proved that they are traitors, but the interrogator said that in their opinion, my remark was an insult.
In my conclusion, I would like to say that today, all of the regime’s officials are waiting for the ‘people’s revolution’, and that their only concern is whether their security forces will be endangered for having worked for the government.
Seyed Hashem Khastar, representative of the free teachers of Iran. Vakil Abad prison in Mashhad. August 2022”
Who is the political prisoner Hashem Khastar?
The imprisoned teacher, Hashem Khastar, was arrested during a rally in front of the Court in Sajedi Street on August 11, 2019. He had been participating in a protest over the imprisonment of Dr. Kamal Jafari, who had been sentenced to 13 years in prison for criticizing and protesting the existing conditions.
Immediately after arriving at the rally, he was arrested along with 14 other people by the regime’s MOIS agents. Hashem is currently imprisoned in Vakil Abad prison in Mashhad and is serving his 16-year sentence.