Mother of Iranian Political Prisoner Forced to Listen to Son’s Torture

Mother of Iranian Political Prisoner Forced to Listen to Son’s Torture

Reza Khandan, a human rights activist, explained that Farhad’s mother had “expressed concern about her son’s condition” and asked for permission to speak to him to determine whether he was being tortured into making false confessions.

The judge, however, claimed that this was not the work of Iranian agents, but a “prank” by Farhad’s friends. Khandan raised doubts about this, including how the judge would know that it was Farhad’s friends and why, if the claim was true, the friends have not been arrested for harassment.

Khandan said: “Farhad’s mother had received harassing and insulting phone calls before but it was on the night of August 8 [2018] when she got calls for the first time sounding like her son was making confessions while being beaten,”
He continued: “Neither his mother nor his lawyer knows what the charges against him are and they have not been allowed to visit him. He has contacted his mother on the phone only once and that was on the day he was detained.”

Khandan is the husband of prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is also detained in Evin Prison. She was arrested on national security charges on June 13, something that is a fairly typical charge levied against political activists by the Regime.

He is staying in contact with the families of other political prisoners.

On August 14, Khandan wrote a Facebook post about Meysami’s mother and her suffering.

Afterwards, he said: “The woman has been gripped with muscle cramps since she heard the calls…We aren’t sure if it was Farhad’s voice. Maybe the authorities were trying to pretend it was. When he leaves prison, he might say that he wasn’t beaten at all and didn’t confess to anything during interrogation. But the important question is, why is a lonely, elderly mother being targeted like this?”

Judicial authorities promised Meysami’s mother that she would be able to speak to her son after they received her complaint, but, given the truthfulness of the Regime, Khandan advised that it was impossible to know if that would happen.

Meysami, 48, is a doctor who has been to many protests in the past few years related to the detainment of political and civil activists.

He has been detained in Evin Prison’s Ward 209, which is under the control of the Intelligence Ministry, since July 31.