Her cell was 10 by 14 feet. It had no bed. The lights were always on. Neon lights. It was part of the torture.
Ramin Setoodeh, in a compelling narrative about the American hikers who’ve spent 775 days in Iran’s most notorious prison, accused of espionage. On Monday, Iran said the hikers would be released. Today they said the release is not imminent.
After almost a year since my release, in October 2009, I still receive threatening phone calls from Iran. The callers tell me that I should be silent about what I saw and endured in prison. “Otherwise you will be brought back in a bag to Iran,” they say. I am not sure what threats Sarah Shourd received in the days leading to her release, but I am sure she’s been threatened that if she talks … she would jeopardize the release of her fiancé and her friend.
Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari, in a plea for journalists to leave Sarah Shourd alone