Majid Saeedi a Prominent photojournalist forced to confess under torture
Mr. Majid Saeedi is a prominent award winning photojournalist, who has worked for various national publications since 1998, and has more than 20 years of experience in his field. Mr. Saeedi was arrested on July 11th 2009 in his home in the presence of his wife and children. His home was searched and his personal belongings confiscated. He then was taken to an unknown location.
Mr. Saeedi is currently facing charges of “having relations with foreigners and propagating to overthrow the Islamic Regime.” These are extremely serious charges which could lead to a lengthy prison term and even execution. It must be noted that these charges were laid against Mr. Saeedi after his “confession” that he had been in contact with foreigners who wanted to overthrow the Islamic Regime.
In light of numerous reports about the brutal torture of protestors in prison and even the death of numerous protestors under torture, it goes without saying that a “confession” under such circumstances has no validity and is absolutely void of any credibility.
Islamic Regime’s official news Agency IRNA has reported on Mr. Saeedi’s arrest and the serious charges against him. This has become cause of great concern for human rights activists in Iran and abroad, given that this might have serious implications for Mr. Saeedi’s immediate health, safety and well being. There is great concern that Mr. Saeedi may still be subjected to torture, and the “confession” he may have given under torture may lead to a very heavy jail sentence or even execution.
I urge all readers to contact various human rights organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and urge them to take up Mr. Saeedi’s case. We must act today because in this care tomorrow might be too late...