Human Rights House of Iran – Blogger Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki has once again come under pressure to make televised confessions, accept the baseless charges, and deny the existence of electoral fraud.
Nearly 5 months after his arrest on December 13, 2009 and his subsequent detention at Ward 2A in Evin, Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki has once again come under pressure to make televised confessions and to make statements in support of last year’s presidential election results.
According to a RAHANA reporter, Ronaghi-Maleki’s interrogators have severely beaten him on several occasions, demanding that the young man, who is an expert in computers and the Internet, cooperate. Faced with his refusal, the interrogators have threatened him with a lengthy jail term.
The aforementioned demands on Ronaghi-Maleki, though imposing and persistent throughout the first 4 months of his detention, have considerably increased in recent days. Ronaghi-Maleki maintains his innocence and continues to deny all accusations.
In March, scores of human and civil rights activists were arrested nation-wide and put under similar pressure at Ward 2A of Evin, which is run by the IRGC. Many remain under pressure to make televised confessions, and RAHANA has received reports that, in some cases, agents have been successful in extracting false, televised confessions. The increasing pressure on Ronaghi-Maleki comes with a pre-written scenario in mind; such a confession would be used as part of a televised campaign and other future schemes.
As a reminder, RAHANA would like to point out that the Iranian constitution considers confessions extracted under torture to be void. It also prohibits the arbitrary detention of citizens without charges. RAHANA urges the Iranian judicial authorities to immediately release Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki and prosecute those who have violated the constitution.