Siamak Pourzand’s Tragedy

Siamak Pourzand, an Iranian political prisoner that was under house arrest and banned from leaving Iran, died yesterday at 80. Siamak Pourzand was a journalist, film critic, and cultural commentator for the reformist newspapers that have been shut down. Siamak Pourzand has been in jail since 2001. His daughter, Azadeh Purzand, visited her father in January 2005. She went to Iran with great fear, and despite facing many difficulties, she saw her father. Azadeh Purzand has published a letter to her late father in her website : “A letter to my beloved father, Siamak Pourzand, whose precious heart stopped beating in Tehran tonight (April 29, 2011) in a torturous solitude imposed on him by the current rulers of Iran …Your nightmare comes true when you are sitting at a café with your friend, enjoying your drink on a sunny day in Utrecht when your phone rings, you pick up, you hear your sister sobbing and screaming, Dad is now finally free. He is not in their hands anymore. He died, my love. You scream, cry, the world spins around your head. Your friend watches you in disbelief. All of a sudden a beautiful country like the Netherlands becomes hell. You die. You close your eyes, hold your head in your hands and wish to die … I am filled with hatred, with anger, with the exhausting desire to avenge. But, I know I will not avenge… They say that I will not get the chance to even hold his dead body. Apparently, holding your father’s dead body is also against the Islamic revolutionary values … They were able to finally kill you. But I will keep your legacy alive in this world. It is the most important promise I have ever made in my life … I cannot stop my tears. But I know you will finally fly to me tonight and wipe off my tears with your invisible hands; just like 5 years ago when the Islamic Republic let me come and see you for 10 days. Remember how that first night I put my head on your lap and you patted me all night when I cried away all the years of having had you in their hands and secret prisons? You knew and I knew that this was the last time we were seeing each other. But, we pretended that things will change. They never did. But now things will change. Now you will finally fly to me. I will never forget what they did to you. I will never forget how they tortured you with their disgusting hands. This is a promise! I will not let the world forget


In the late 2009, Lily Pourzand, the other daughter of Pourzand, said in an interview : “ My father is no danger to the Islamic Republic; give him permission to leave the country … My father expressed deep stress and uncomfortable, scattered agitation on the telephone and we didnt know what to do, until two weeks ago, with the deterioration of his condition, he was first taken to a clinic and from there transferred to the hospital … My father prefers to stay in this hospital because we have doctors and friends working there and they help greatly; however, unfortunately this help has not had any effect and Father has not eaten at all since last week, and since five days ago, he has cut off his telephone communication with his family and however much we beg, he only says I cant talk and hangs up … My father is also refusing to accept or speak to friends and acquaintances and this illustrates how this journalist is giving up on life and has washed his hands of everything that has to do with life … With the condition that my father is in, it is extremely urgent that he get permission to fly out immediately, as it is possible that if he is given an exit visa and his passport [which had been confiscated] his mental state may greatly improve, and our wish is that he be allowed to leave the country and be with his children and family for some time … The only chance for renewing any sense of hope in life for him is to get him permission to leave the country and see his family; my father, in his condition, poses absolutely no danger to the Islamic Republic that would cause them to deny him permission … Both during the Khatami administration and over the past four years we have several times directly and indirectly written letters to various organs and individuals, even begging, that they provide us with letters of clemency so that we may go see our father and take care of him. My mother has even personally written a letter to Mr. shit making this request but to date they have given us no answer; for each of us, returning to Iran is tantamount to risking being detained and put in some secret facility, and we cant take anything more like that. My mother went to prison and developed cancer, and my father too has been afflicted as you see … When my father was transferred from jail to the hospital and then home [in 2004], my sister, Azadeh, went to Iran to be at his side, and of course at that time when Khatami was the president, we were able via various intermediaries to gain promises of clemency for her to travel to Iran. They said to us that it was only on condition that she leave Iran within ten days and Azadeh still went, but unfortunately, she, who was no older than 19 years, was interrogated and harassed … Azadeh was interrogated for hours, and she later said that she had lost hope of returning [to America].

In 2006, Mehrangiz Kar, Siamak Pourzand’s wife, published a amnesty international’s report on Siamak Pourzand in her website : ” Siamak Pourzand, Head of Majmue-ye Farhangi-ye Honari-ye Tehran (The Tehran Artistic and Cultural Centre), is a prisoner of conscience. He is serving an 11 year sentence imposed after a grossly unfair and politically motivated trial in connection with oral statements he allegedly made about Irans political leaders … He has urgent medical requirements for which he recently started to receive specialist care. It remains to be seen whether this will be adequate. Amnesty International (AI) is calling for his immediate and unconditional release with a view to a full review of the charges and sentence he faced. On 24 November 2001, Siamak Pourzand was arrested in central Tehran, at around 9 oclock in the evening. He had just left his sisters apartment . The family initially thought that he had “disappeared” as there was no official acknowledgement that he had been detained. In December 2001 one of his sisters, Mahin Pourzand, was requested to bring a change of clothes for him to an office of the Edare-ye Amaken, or Bureau of Premises. The Edare-ye Amaken is reportedly responsible for the enforcement of accepted moral codes in places of work and other offices. When she asked where her brother was held and what he had been charged with, she was told that it was none of her business. In January 2002, his sister was permitted to meet with him for the first time at the Edare-ye Amaken. The meeting lasted 10 minutes and Siamak Pourzand, who arrived by car from an unknown location, appeared afraid and weak. No further information about his whereabouts was disclosed until 16 May 2002, when according to a report, Siamak Pourzand was transferred to Evin Prison … In a televised “confession” broadcast by the state media on 25 July 2002, he reportedly looked frail and seemed to have lost at least 30 kg. He also “confessed” to a range of accusations including “having links with monarchists and counter-revolutionaries”, “spying and undermining state security” and “creating disillusionment among young people”. Siamak Pourzand was temporarily released from prison on 30 November 2002 due to his poor health. During his release, he stayed at his sisters residence where he confirmed that he was detained in solitary confinement in an unknown prison. In March 2003, Siamak Pourzand was sent to Evin Prison … Around May 2003, Siamak Pourzand wrote to the Head of the Judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi, explaining his medical condition. Attached to his letter were reports supporting his need for an operation. These reports were supported by doctors working for the judiciary. According to a diagnosis given on 30 July 2003 at Khomeini Hospital in Teheran Siamak Pourzand is suffering from spinal stenosis (a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the spinal cord and nerve root, possibly leading to paralysis) which requires a surgical intervention. He is unable to walk and to attend to his “daily needs” … In March 2004, Siamak Pourzand reportedly suffered a heart attack that left him in a coma. He was not treated until another prisoner, the lawyer and human rights defender Nasser Zarafshan went to the prison medical facility and insisted that someone examine him . Siamak Pourzand was taken to Tehrans Modarres Hospital for treatment and after 36 hours in a coma he regained consciousness … he was chained to his bed by his feet and denied family visits.”

Siamak Pourzand’s case can show us the real face of Islam and Muslims, and the real face of Khamenei’s regime. Shame on “Naive Chomsky” and stupid lefts that defend this brutal savage regime. Shame on them all.

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