Iran Teen Describes, Via Email, His Torture

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2009 9:15 AM CDT
This image, obtained by Salon from an email circulating among Iranian-American activists, shows a teenager who says he was tortured by the regime.
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(Newser) – Iranian-American activists are circulating an email, written in Farsi, in which a 17-year-old boy describes his torture at the hands of the regime, complete with graphic photographs, Salon reports. The boy, who says he's not an activist of any stripe, says he was minding his own business in a parking lot when agents apprehended him. Taken into custody, police beat him with batons, broke his fingers, and sliced the webs between them, and hung him from his wrists to be beaten some more.

Finally, he was taken to a hospital, bandaged and released. “I think they knew we did nothing,” he writes. “I am surprised how I tolerated all the tortures and survived.” Salon’s translator raises some issues with the email: the boy seems to confuse Basij paramilitaries and police, and claims non-Iranians were among his captors—a rampant and unsubstantiated rumor in Iran. But some confusion is natural, the translator said. “It is obvious that he was tortured.” When this happened is unclear.