Here yet again we see it: Iran’s Islamic regime has only one tool, the tool that the Qur’an gives it: terror.
“Make ready for them all that you can of force and of warhorses, so that by them you may strike terror in the enemy of Allah and your enemy…” (Qur’an 8:60)
Well-known civil rights activist Sepideh Qoliyan, who is awaiting trial for “insulting” the Islamic Republic’s leader, has been subjected to physical abuse and threatened with rape while in custody, a relative told IranWire.
Qoliyan was re-arrested last month, hours after she posted on Twitter a video of herself without the mandatory hijab shouting slogans against Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei upon her release from Tehran’s Evin prison.
Her case was sent to branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, which is scheduled to start hearings on April 18. Qoliyan said she won’t take part in the proceedings.
Qoliyan was initially detained during a workers’ strike in November 2018 and later sentenced to 19 years and six months in prison. The sentence was reduced to five years on appeal.
The activist was released on March 15 after being granted “amnesty.”
“Khamenei the Zahhak! We’ll take you down into the grave,” she shouted outside Evin prison, referring to a mythical king said to have fed serpents growing out of his shoulders with young people’s brains.
As the video showing Qoliyan’s act of defiance was spreading on social media, police stopped the car carrying Qoliyan and her family and detained the activist.
After being held for several hours in Arak, south-west of Tehran, she was transferred to Ward 209 of Evin prison on the same day.
“I Should Cut your Tongue off”
Her relative told IranWire that upon entering the ward, a muscular man rushed toward Qoliyan and asked, “Are you a little elf who insulted Agha?”
“I should cut your tongue off,” the man added.
The man attempted to pull the activist’s tongue out and beat her for several hours while threatening her with rape.
“We will tie your hands and feet and take good care of you!” the interrogators told Qoliyan.
In Ward 209, she was forced to sleep on the floor in the corridors without any blanket.
She was informed that she would be transferred to Tehran’s Fashafouye prison. When Qoliyan expressed surprise at being sent to a male prison, her jailers said, “A men’s prison is the right place for a woman like you. You want to draw men’s attention with your work, and we’ll help you achieve your goals.”
On March 19, she was taken to Fashafouye prison. In front of the facility, she was left in a car for hours with a siren blaring.
After that, while being taunted, Qoliyan was then taken to Varamin’s Qarchak prison, which refused to admit her.
After wandering for a long time, the activist was returned to the women’s ward of Evin prison at 11 p.m….
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