By Reza Ghaffari
A well-liked Iranian political prisoner tells his tale from the time of his arrest to his eventual get away a decade later
Dr. Reza Ghaffari was once a professor on the collage of Tehran until eventually his 1981 arrest for suspicion of being a member of a banned socialist workforce. This account of his reviews via 10 years of torture and as a witness to—and close to sufferer of—prison massacres bargains unheard of perception into the torturous therapy of political prisoners who oppose the Iranian regime. not anything written in English or in Persian has so comprehensively and movingly portrayed legal stipulations and the power of these affliction them—not in simple terms a listing of atrocities, it's also a story of triumph for integrity and the human spirit within the face of the maximum degradation. In 1999 the Iranian professionals got here searching for Dr. Ghaffari in London and he used to be moved to a "safe house" through MI6 the place he stayed for as regards to a 12 months. After September 11, the terrorist risk point within the united kingdom used to be raised and Dr. Ghaffari was once allowed again to his kinfolk with higher surveillance on his residence. The years of torture have taken their toll on his overall healthiness yet he has refused to be intimidated and is as decided as ever that his tale may be instructed. The fatwah imposed opposed to writer Salman Rushdie for writing The Satanic Verses scared many publishers into refusing to print this booklet, A kingdom of worry, in English
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