In 2001, Mr. Pourzand was kidnapped by a branch of Iran’s intelligence service. He was missing for several months. Eventually, he was forced to make a confession of his disloyalty to the state on national television. Authorities accused him of receiving money from the CIA and having an adulterous affair. Since 2006, he has been forced to live under house arrest in his Tehran apartment.
Azadeh Pourzand was the only member of her family allowed to visit her father in 2005.
“When I visited him, I said we are trying to get you out of Iran, and he banged his cane on the ground and said, ‘I will stay here until I can testify before a new truth and reconciliation commission that can hear about what this regime has done to all of us.’ “
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