Parvaneh Osanloo reports on the miscarriage of her daughter in law following her abduction and beatings by the intelligence ministry operatives. In an interview with the persian online magazine Rooz, Parvaneh Osanloo, Mansour Osanloo’s wife, has provided more information about the abduction and the motivation behind the pressures on Osanloo’s family.
Roozonline: Mrs. Osanloo, in the recent days, there have been several reports on the arrest and beatings of Ms. Zoya Samadi. Are you going to take a legal action regarding the incident?
Parvaneh Osanloo: Yes, definitely and we will make a formal complaint. Unfortunately, the incident happened on the eve of the weekend and three day break followed that, hence, we were not able to do much but definitely on Sunday we will take action and see whether for the first time these kind of issues will be looked into or not.
Roozonline: Why do you think such an incident has happened to a member of your family?
Parvaneh Osanloo: Just to create an atmosphere of terror for our family. They want to put pressure on Osanloo.
Roozonline: Mr. Osanloo is now in prison. Why should he be put on additional pressure?
Parvaneh Osanloo: This has to be answered by the gentlemen themselves. Why are they so afraid of Mansour who has been in jail for four years and why do they treat the family of one who is paying for his trade union activities in such a fashion?
Roozonline: Is your daughter in law involved in any political or social activity?
Parvaneh Osanloo: No, she is an engineer and is not involved in any particular activity. This incident is solely along the increased pressures on Mr. Osanloo that they have taken my innocent daughter in law and harmed her greatly, physically, mentally, and spiritually in order to intimidate Osanloo and us.
Roozonline: Do you know which organization or institution has been behind the incident?
Parvaneh Osanloo: No, Zoya has been blind folded and neither knows where she was taken nor do we know who they have been.
Roozonline: What have they specifically asked Zoya Samadi?
Parvaneh Osanloo: They have asked her to sign a paper and pledge that Mr. Osanloo would not engage in any activity following his release and would leave the country along with his family!
Roozonline: Has Mr. Osanloo been notified of the incident? What does he think?
Parvaneh Osanloo: Initially, we decided to not tell him anything. We did not want to add to his worries but he had heard the news and I then had to tell him everything. He was extremely pained and told us to pursue the issue legally and I have also promised him that we will definitely follow up on the incident.
Roozonline: Have these issues occurred before and had you received any threats?
Parvaneh Osanloo: My daughter in law was receiving threatening phone calls since last year. They had gone to his work place several times and even one time put a gun to her side and had threatened her. She was also summoned once to the [court] branch number 14; they, however, denied having had summoned her. But we never thought such an incident would occur. Mr. Osanloo is a trade union activist and has not done anything outside the bounds of law and order. He has always operated within the law and his daughter in law is also innocent. She has only seen Mr. Osanloo once during her engagement eve and has not even gone to the prison to visit Mr. Osanloo. She does not have anything to do with Mr. Osanloo’s activities. This incident was truly unimaginable to us.
Roozonline: On the incidents and the threats that you have mentioned since last year, have you particularly followed them up?
Parvaneh Osanloo: Yes, we have written several times to the head of the judiciary, Tehran prosecutor, and the citizen’s rights office in the judiciary and described all that has happened. But there has not been a single follow up. They neither contacted us nor pursued the cases and it all led to what we now have faced.
Roozonline: How is Ms. Samadi feeling physically and spiritually now?
Parvaneh Osanloo: Unfortunately, she has been hurt severely. She is still in a state of shock. She has not regained her psychological balance yet. Besides the nose bleed, and the injuries on her gums and teeth, my daughter in law was two months pregnant and we did not know this at all. She had severe bleeding and after looking further we noticed that she was two months pregnant and unfortunately she had a miscarriage.
Roozonline: These days there are rumors on possible releasing of Mr. Osanloo.
Parvaneh Osanloo: Mansour has now been in jail for four years and there is one more year left in his sentence. We have also heard these rumors but neither us nor Mansour has seen any indications on his release.
Roozonline: In what condition is Mr. Osanloo under currently?
Parvaneh Osanloo: Mansour is now in ward three of Rejaishahr prison in hall number 8. Unfortunately, his eyes need treatment as well as his heart is in need of Angiography. But they do not pay any attention.
Roozonline: With what you have described, what are the actions you will be taking?
Parvaneh Osanloo: We can not do much. We can only resort to the judiciary officials and wait for their follow ups. We do not feel safe at all. Similar problems could be instigated on any other member of our family at any moment. The incident for my daughter in law was an alarming incident for all of us. I ask the international human rights organs to come to our aid and not allow such measure be taken any where in the world. I say right here that if any one of the members of our family gets in danger or something happens to us, the judiciary authorities and the authorities of the Islamic Republic will be responsible for it.
The translation of the interview with Parvaneh Osanloo is provided by Iran Labor Report.