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Taghi Rahmani, Journalist, former Iranian political prisoner, and husband of jailed human rights activist Narges Mohammadi
Feb. 21, 2017

On the lack of independence of the Iranian judiciary:
  • “There are unfair trials. The courts are under the influence of the intelligence service agents and investigating judges have shown me each time what my sentence was to be even before I was sentenced by the court. Repeatedly, the courts sentenced me to the exact same sentence that the investigating judges had announced even before the hearing began…”
  • “Ladies and gentlemen, in Iran the judiciary does not respect its own laws. They are very far from respecting human rights. The criminal code, Islamic law concerning punishment are far from the principles of human rights. But the Iranian judiciary does not even respect its own laws. And it has maintained severe restrictions that stymie freedom of expression…”
On torture of Iranian political prisoners:
  • “I was tortured physically many times. But there are many prisoners that have suffered more than me.”
On hopes for the future of Iran:
  • “I want to live in a free society. I want to be able to express myself freely, that my children will be able to live free and express themselves in a society where justice counts… I do dream of an Iran where we our children will see that human rights are protected.”