Thursday, June 25, 2009

Iran's State Prosecutor

His name is infamous in Canada, as the official behind the murder of Canadian-Iranian photographer Zahra Kazemi. She was arrested in 2003, while on a trip to her native Iran from her adopted country of residence, Canada. She was in the process of compiling a photo-documentary about human rights abuses in Iran, and her activity there, for that purpose, did not receive great applause from the country's authoritarian administration.

Who left it up to their police and their prosecutors and their interrogators to make quick work of her and her aspirations to demonstrate to the world what had become of her beloved country of birth. She was tortured, beaten and raped while incarcerated in the infamous Evin prison, in Tehran. The prison is well known and feared by political prisoners, journalists, bloggers who have suffered harsh interrogation tactics, solitary confinement and torture there.

Iranian protesters who have marched in the streets in defiance of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei's orders to cease and desist and obey the laws of the land and the outcome of the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have been met with water cannons, tear gas, and riot police wielding batons to beat them back and into submission.

Outside Tehran's parliament building the crowds were forced back by armoured vehicles. The Basiji militia, plain-clothed thugs on motorcycles appearing suddenly as though out of nowhere, beat the protesters relentlessly. Security forces with one thing only in mind; to bring the protesting crowds to their knees and completely out of commission.

Protesters blogging their impressions of the event they were involved in write of their surprise at the attacks, somehow still naively believing that their demands for consideration will be heeded. That reason will prevail, that the elderly fanatics that comprise the theocracy that governs them all care for their wish for a democratic process in a country whose administration is fascist in temperament and outlook.

"It was like they were beating up dolls. The security forces were out for blood. Hundreds of them charged out of nowhere. The next thing we saw was fire, blood, and clouds of tear gas." The next thing many of them will see will be solitary confinement. And they will be mercilessly interrogated. They have been identified as willing tools of western imperialists, of the BBC, Britain and evil Zionists.

Now Saaed Mortazavi, the notorious prosecutor involved in the death of Zahra Kazemi has been tasked with the interrogation of arrested reformists. They were informed, after all, days ago, that their continued dissent would not be tolerated. That they must submit to the will of the Ayatollahs, for that is the will of God.

Those whom prosecutor Mortazavi's henchmen will be interrogating will inevitably, under torture, under fear for their lives or those of their relatives, be coerced into signing confessions. Confessions that will be released to the world through media propaganda, to validate Iran's claims of Western interference in the affairs of their state, agitating to overthrow their legally constituted government.

Those who confess will languish in prison, in solitary confinement, a living torture out of which they may eventually emerge. Or not.

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