Nizar Zakka, who was barely in Tehran’s Evin Prison 24 hours after almost four years, still feels the impact of what happened to him.
After he was released, Zakka summed up what had happened to him – tears pushed his face down more than once during the interview.
Zakka said he had visited Iran for the fifth time after official invitations and the fifth president’s invitation to attend the IT conference on the vice president.
After three days of attending the conference, I didn’t feel that I was an unwelcome guest and did not receive any explanation. On the way back to the airport, a car of people in civilian clothes caught us. They pulled me out of the car and spoke English, saying that no one would see me anymore.
Ilar They arrested me and said they would kill me. There was no explanation for what happened and I was tortured. They wanted me to tell them that I was working with the Americans on the camera and that I was planning to overthrow the regime in Iran. I was there because of an official invitation. So I refused their request.
Why did I feel I couldn’t resist what happened to me if it would result in death? Lard They knew I was innocent, but they seem to want to send a message. The kidnappers were members of the Union of Islamic Revolutionary Guards and wanted to show that they could do what they wanted. I am an activist in the field of human rights and I was able to access the Internet free of charge and expressed my opinion at a conference in Tehran.
They used this as a weak link for international companies to send a message stating that they were forbidden to enter Iran. They succeeded, stopped coming to Iran – they feared security. “Sham TrialHe smiled about the case he was exposed to. “It was just for the show. I stood in front of the judge and started mocking me. One of them said that I was arrested for inciting the revolution in Ukraine. I laughed and told the judge that the wrong file was found.
The representative of the Union of Islamic Revolutionary Guards read the accusations without asking me one question and I was punished in this way. There were 50 prisoners living in the worst conditions in my cell. “In the cell, the Americans said he knew Ziyu Wang and former Iranian Vice President Hamid Mashaki and Karen Godavari and Mehdi Rafsanjani, the son of former Iranian President Hashimi Rafsanjani. “He said he met an Iraqi detainee and many other Iranians, Kurds, and Arabs. There were many Iranian diplomats, all of whom were accused of betraying because this was not the easiest.
Every person arrested was subjected to all kinds of physical torture, which later turned into psychological torture. I slept every night hoping not to wake up the next day. “Regarding his connection with the outside world, Zakka said, baştaAt first, they allowed us to call family members, but for the next four minutes without talking, and then when they transferred me to the public prison, they allowed a 15-minute phone call.
They were more compassionate to us than the Revolutionary Guards.“A year ago, I met the general director of the Lebanese General Security Directorate, but nothing happened. I lost hope. Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil spoke about my release date during Ramadan.
The month passed, the holiday came and nothing happened. Two days ago, those who put me in prison said I’d be released. “Zakka believes the reason for the change in wealth is the internal debate about how to continue with the new Lebanese President Michel Aoun in the Iranian regime. “The Iranians wanted to give Aoun a gift.
This may have been a message to Lebanon, but perhaps something else. The Japanese prime minister (Shinzo Abe), who came to Tehran, is the son of the foreign minister (Shintaro Abe), who played a major role in ending the war between Iran and Iraq. “Aoun refused to visit Iran, despite several calls he made so far.
The political sources in Beirut believe that Aoun considers the Lübnan internal Lebanese position that criticizes the international community against Iran and its intervention in Arab countries ”.Celebrations After announcing his release, Zakka said several Iranian civilians accompanied the market and bought a cake to celebrate.
They also took him to the carpet market and asked him to choose the most expensive one. They chose one as a gift for $ 10,000 and the Revolutionary Guards and the prosecutor’s office were asked to apologize to Zakka. When Zakka left Iran, a red carpet was also tiled at a private airport in Tehran.
When asked whether he had received a call from the US Embassy in Beirut after his release, Zakka said: ”There are friends in the embassy who are trying to check.