Hossein Derakhshan’s father writes Ayatollah Larijani, head of Iran’s Judiciary

Hossein Derakhshan’s father writes Ayatollah Larijani, head of Iran’s Judiciary

Just 10 days before the one-year anniversary of the arrest of Hossein Derakhshan, his father, Hassan Derakhshan, has written a letter to Ayatollah Larijani, the head of the Department of the Judiciary. The letter was published on the website of Salaam, a reformist newspaper today, October 21, 2009 (29th of Mehr, 1388).

The letter was translated from the original Persian by an Iranian living in California who wished to remain anonymous and edited for clarity by yours truly.

To the Presence of Ayatollah Amoli Larijani, the Respected Head of the Judiciary:

Greetings and respect to you. One year has passed since the day that my son was arrested.

In all these months, days, and hours, my family, my wife and I were hoping that in the arms of Islamic law and the mercy of the Islamic judiciary, Hossein’s case will be dealt with in the way it deserves.

There is no need to mention the numerous times that we refused the requests of foreign media to explain Hossein’s situation.

Even when we heard the worst gossip about his treatment in semi-official media, we were silent and in fact, no government organization has ever denied this worrisome news, not just to calm our very worried hearts down, but at least to respect the independence of judiciary about this case.

During this entire time, our son has had just two short meetings with us for only a few minutes. Please imagine that for every six months we just saw him for very few minutes. We have no information about his legal situation.

No court has been held yet and we don’t even know which institution or security organization Hossein is under the control of. Many times, from many different ways, we tried to get some precision about his situation, but we couldn’t. Does a detainee’s dignified manner deserve such treatment?

Many times, my son admitted in his writings and conversations that he would love to serve his country. And he came back to Iran on his own to answer his accusations. Does such a person who has come back to his country and his beliefs, deserve such a welcome?

Our complaint is not because you are exercising the law, but to the contrary, because of its suspension, lack of information and disrespecting of the law. The accused have rights, the family of the accused has some rights, and we know that the ruler of society has some rights as well, and that rules and regulations are valuable.

We are certain that you’d agree that one year of a brutal arrest of a person who has come voluntarily and on his own to the bosom of Iran and dear Islam, is not an appropriate welcome.

I, my wife and our family are still looking forward to your just treatment.

With respect,

Hassan Derakhshan


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  8. Sorry, but I have no sympathy for this man.

    Knowing Iran’s Political, Cultural and Legal state, why he go to Iran in the 1st place ?

    And what does his father think ? The “Ayotolah” will read the letter and oblige ? Are you kidding me ? He probably wiped the print out of this letter (if at all he received and read it) where the sun don’t shine (i.e. his a$$ )

    I do not understand why 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants go back to their ancestral country and try to “change” those countries solely backed by the ideology that the country they are living in (America, UK etc..) is allegedly far more advanced and has more human rights…

    It is a pointless journey that always ends in the person(s) getting arrested, jailed or killed in those countries. This is not an isolated case. Remember those 2 stupid Korean American Journalist who got arrested, and we had to send a former President (Bill clinton) to “Rescue” them and in the process, take a hit on our national pride ??

    Stop this dumbness and stupidity folks !

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  14. Typical ignorant poltroons like Chad (October 27th, 2009 at 3:11 pm) do not comprehend the fact that the path to freedom is not paved with rose pedals. People like Mr. Derakhshan engage in such crusade because the ultimate goal is only reached one sacrifice at a time not by sitting behind one’s computer and throwing anger tantrum because somebody else was brave enough to confront the injustice head on and pay dearly for it. Rather than applauding such heroic action, he is being censured because a piss-ant like Chad seeks to suppress the “distressing” information–it’s just too much for him to digest.

    This is equivalent of someone who wishes the media never reports on horrendous gang rapes because it makes his mundane life a bit psychologically challenging. I suppose, not only now Mr. Derakhshan has to fight the regime over there, he has to combat the sheer ignorance so readily displayed by ilk of Chad.


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