Laya Roshan, an Iranian dissident in France, is sure she has met the
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the torture chamber in a
Tehran prison in 1982, according to a report by the Reuters news agency.
On Wednesday, she announced that she is pressing charges
against him in Paris. Laya Roshan, a dentist was arrested in 1982
charged with assisting the
opponents of the regime. She was charged with 500 lashes and taken to
Evin prison in Tehran.
There, she met Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who was at the time a member of the
revolutionary guards, considered the pinnacle of the Islamic regime.
She said his alias was Dr. Mirzaei. She pointed out: I still remember
his vicious look. When I saw his picture in the newspapers (during the
election of 2005) I realized that person was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
She stated that Dr. Mirzaei was in charge of a section of ward 209 in
the prison where the tortured people were taken to recover in order to
be taken under torture again. She said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told others
how he tortured the injured prisoners so that they would not die. She
said she witnessed what he did with one of the detainees: held her arm
and dragged her on the ground and took her to the torture chamber. The
prisoner was returned two hours later with broken teeth, torn lips and
She continued: I was in ward 209 for 6 months. He was also there.
There were 3 rooms for men and 3 for women. He used to wear the
revolutionary guards uniform. In theory French judiciary is allowed to
investigate torture cases but Ahmadinejad enjoys political immunity,