Iranian-Canadian journalist, Maziar Bahari talks of prison ordeal
Maziar Bahari, a Canadian Journalist, was arrested as a result of protests last June after the rigged election in Iran. Maziar Bahari was accredited as a journalist for Newsweek.
He was released in October and reunited with his wife in London just prior to the birth of his first child.
Although threatened by the regime not to talk about his ordeal, Bahari broke his silence and spoke to CBCs Nancy Durham and 60 minutes this weekend.
Bahari was told that the regime's agents would track him down and send him back to Iran in a bag.
His ordeal started shortly after his arrest. He was beaten with a belt, slapped, kicked and made to confess that he was a spy. His Iranian guards told him that Newsweek was a spy agency organizing journalists to report anti-regime articles around the world.
Mariaz Bahari eventually confessed on television that he was a spy. When 60 minutes played that clip Bahari became very emotional.
In his interview with 60 Minutes he talks about his interrogators Early on during his arrest he was told that he would be executed, In Bahari's mind this was very likely since people were executed daily at 4 am.
Several mornings he was awakened at 4 am and he was convinced that it was his turn to be executed.
He said one of his guards was fascinated with the fact that Bahari had lived in New Jersey. To this guard/interrogator New Jersey was the afterlife with the 72 virgins. He was convinced the interrogator was jealous of Bahari having been there.
When asked who was in charge in Iran he said it was the Revolutionary Guard.
Bahari spoke to CBC's Nancy Durham about what happened in Tehran's Evin Prison, where he was taken after his arrest during the post-presidential election protests in Iran.
Bahari was reporting for Newsweek when he was arrested at his home on June 21, a number of days after witnessing one of the street protests.
After a worldwide campaign for his freedom he was released from prison in October and reunited with his wife in London just in time for the birth of their first child.
Bahari made Canada his home in 1987, but the allure of Iran drew him back over the past decade — even though he says he expected that one day he'd be arrested.
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