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Fereshteh Shirazi Campaign Member in Amol Summoned after Home and Office Searched

Thursday 17 September 2009


Change for equality: Fereshteh Shirazi a member of the One Million Signatures Campaign in the city of Amol was summoned to the local office of the ministry of intelligence on September 1, 2009. In an interview to the site of Change for Equality, Fereshteh Shiriza explained: “Today, I was summoned by the local office of the ministry of intelligence for interrogation by telephone. This is the third time I have been asked to go to the local office of the intelligence ministry. I have to go today at 10:00 am to answer interrogation questions in relation to my activities in the One Million Signatures Campaign.”
Fereshteh Shirazi who was summoned for interrogation by the local office of the ministry of intelligence after her residence and her place of work were search on August 12 and 13 explained further that: “On Wednesday August 12 security officials arrived in my place of work which is a tailoring factory in five cars. My daughter opened the door. I was not dressed in my hejab and wanted to close the door but one of them jammed the door with his foot and they pushed their way through anyway. I was shown a search warrant but none of the security officials present showed me identification. Despite the fact that the search warrant only allowed for the search of my home, the security officers searched my place of work as well, and during the search they did not let my colleague, who was very terrified, leave her chair. After a while they told me I should go to my home. Two of the security officers stayed at my work, while the others went to my house. They searched all of the wardrobes and my daughter’s and son’s personal belonging. Finally they took my campaign pamphlets, personal notes, some CD’s, computer case and my telephone book.”

This campaign activist continued: “After my personal property was seized we returned to my place of employments, there the security officers insisted that I sign a piece of paper agreeing to go to the local office of the intelligence ministry. I explained that I would not sign anything until I had the chance to read it first. Finally, one of the security officers who employed a particularly harsh tone, showed me a piece of paper which included information on the charges against me, including actions against national security, publication of false information, inciting public opinion and relationship with foreign web sites and media. The paper had a court stamp on it. The day after that day, they called me and said that I need to wait for their call, before going in for interrogation.”

Shirazi further explained about the types of questions she was asked during interrogation and about the treatment she received from security officers. “One week after my house and place of work were searched, I was contacted by the local office of the ministry of intelligence and summoned for interrogation. The funny thing is that I went for interrogation with my son. I thought he would be asked to wait in another room, but the investigative judge told me that he could stay in the room with me, so that I would not be in the interrogation room alone with the court official. I was questioned about the Campaign and other issues such as writing in my weblog and about my friends in Amol. The interrogation questions were accompanied by threats which were repeated over and over again. At times my son was also questioned and he was told that your mother will go to court, and that he should think about finding a lawyer. The intrusive nature of the interrogation was upsetting. The interrogator even asked my son about the Baha’i faith. He told me later that in those moments when he was threatened to be arrested his heart was beating hard and his legs were shaking.”

At the close of the interview with the site of Change for Equality, Fereshteh Shirazi explained that her computer case has since been returned. She was summoned on 1 September for the third time to the local office of the ministry of intelligence. According to Shirazi, despite the fact that she resisted being summoned by the phone, the security officials contacting her explained that they had been nice to her because of her illness and have refrained from asking about other issues. Still, the security officers contacting her explained that the questioning on September 1 would include questions about the Campaign.

Translation by: Shabnam

 

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