Memories of a Witness: Inside US Federal Prisons

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Shahrzad Mirgholikhan, is today a successful businesswoman and mother of two but what she has been through can only be seen in surreal spy thrillers. Her tale stretches from Austria to Dubai and ends up in US penitentiary. For five years she was imprisoned in US on trumped up charges of allegedly trying to smuggle US made defense articles into Iran. She was framed and she fought hard to clear her name and regain her freedom. This is HER STORY.. She is now back in her homeland with haunting memories and few unwanted souvenirs which are still with her to this day.

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A daughter meets her parents, mother gets hug her twin daughters for the first time in a long time , what makes the union so special and the motion so hot felt?

Shahrzad Mirgholikhan, is a successful businesswoman and mother of two returned to her home land and after five years of imprisonment in the United State of America.

Shahrzad:

It’s now the start of a new life. Hard times are over, it’s time to rejoice!

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Her tale stretches from Austria to UAE, to Iran, To Cyprus and come an ends to the United States. Shahrzad story started in 2004 in Vienna where she innocently agrees to act as a translator for her ex-husband in a business meeting, the meeting turns out to be a set up , the other party secret agents ,she was charged to be tempting to export the US made defense articles named night vision goggle into Iran .

The US government fails to provide documents for extradition and she was released on bail and later charges with just

She thinks struggle with US justice system is over but far from it , longer battles and harsher circumstance await her on the road.

These are the memories of Shahrzad who had to witness the US in justice for stand .

Host:

Shahrzad Mirgholikhan, thanks for joining us.

Shahrzad:

Pleasure being here

Host:

You have had exceptional experiences in your life

Shahrzad:

Sure, nobody would have it but I would say, in the way that I had it

Host :

How would you present yourself?’

Shahrzad:

Well , I am 36 years old , Iranian, mother of a twin daughter , I have been a successful business woman since my young ages , when I was young then I would call it destiny and the life took me in whole totally different path that I never thought or I could have never imagine about it , I mean sometimes that you are just having your fancy life and you never think that something that might come to you and you are far away from politics and you are just a normal citizen of a country , living in another country for instance and doing your daily life and taking care of your children, you have your own responsibility and just to take care of your simple life of you and your close family but what happened to me…I mean , I remember when I was younger maybe child maybe a teenager I used to read a lot of romance and when I was reading a book I was like “ ok these are only the books , I mean like the love stories and I was like ok that might be real but when it goes to the trails , the problems that the person was going to , I was like “ oh Lord this is not possible ,it is just fantasy , these are just words and something in the book “

But when I experienced everything in my own life , the second things were coming to me and sit was happening I was like “ it cannot be real “

Host :

What was not real ?what happened ?

Shahrzad:

For instance, everything in my life, the troubles that came to me and ..

Host :

How do you start?what is your exceptional story ?what happened from the first thing that made you really shocked ?

Shahrzad:

First of all I got married a little bit early I was 18 when I got married with my kids father, then I had my twin daughters from him , then he was a drug addict so by time I was 19 living with a drug addict was something out of blue , something that you cannot ever imagine , you are just like “ What does it mean?” and then you go through the life with full of fights and a lot of things would be … you can’t believe that it is happening , then you are forced to built a family life with a goal to raise your children , to have a happy family , just to grow your family , you know we Iranian people we are family oriented people , we are so attached to our closed family members and this is a way that we are leaving and our tradition and life are like that , any way I got divorced and I was just 20.5 years old that I was left alone with two little kids and I didn’t know what I have to do , these are the challenges that you have to deal with , although you have a family support for instance financially thanks God I never have the problem because my father and mother support me but still emotionally how you are going to be a mother and a father of children.

Host:

So already you had these problems as a real person ,you had a real life and real life problem?

Shahrzad:

It was something social and you can say it could happen to everybody .. but not everybody , but out of hundred people it is not so exceptional , I mean everybody might get divorced , you never know…

Host:

Then you got married again , that’s right ?

Shahrzad:

Yes I got married then it was when my life from being normal person has diverted to another direction when I got married with the first one I learnt that I got married for instance and I wanted to get divorce and after all I tried everything I found out that the best thing for me is to move out of the country, you know because I had this experience in the past here so I said “ ok I am going to start a new life, getting out of a country with my children and then I just started over from the beginning and I don’t want to be in this type of problems that you might have ”

Host:

Where did you go?

Shahrzad:

I went to Dubai , United Arab Emirates because well for then the reason was so simple for me , first of all it was hard to get a visa to European countries and when you go to Europe , you know when ever something happens to you it was hard for my family to get a visa and come over so I was just a young single mum with two little kids , I should have gone to somewhere that would be closed to my family and whenever I need help or I need support or something they can just come over so by then Dubai was a just developing, I went to Dubai in1999 it is totally different than this is right now.

Host:

So then that time you felt you would have a new life and you are positive, right?

Shahrzad:Well I was thinking that I had a real life but the problem was, I was not divorced from my second husband yet and we had a lo of things going on which I just don’t go back there, the past is the past .

Finally after a year I was in Dubai I got divorced from the second one almost but he never left me alone that was some kind of stories

Host:

Why did you go to Austria? what happened to you?

Shahrzad:

That’s why I am telling you, we got together again, I accepted, I wouldn’t get officially married again so we went to a trip as our honey moon in and I will see if he has been changed if he would be a man that I like then we come back to Dubai and we do the official paper works and then through a party seriously , which we didn’t through the past yet.

Then he told me ok lets go to honey moon to Austria, I have the visa ,, and I was like “ ok lets go let’s see” ,Then on the eve of out travel he told me “ I have a meeting there I would really appreciate if you just attend meeting and act as my translator , I was like “ look , we started again , it is not gonna work let you tell you something , it is not gonna work , still just clarify for me is it a business trip that you want to go and you need me to come you to translate or no seriously you are a changed man and you wanted get back to life ? so we went to Austria , he said” no honey moon “ so we went to Austria and I remember when we were going there he said” I do the booking of the hotel by myself because I had a member ship of hotel and I asked my secretary to do the booking that was ok , then we arrived to Austria we went out that night , I got the wedding dress and I got something for the kids , we had our dinner and then nest morning he asked me “ let s go for the breakfast” we had meeting with an American guy and he supposed to call us and tell us , we went there we went to the hotel he took us to the room

Host:

Did you arrested at that time a the point or what happened?

Shahrzad:

The meeting was over they talked about the business, right?

Host:

How many days you have been arrested?’

Shahrzad:

28 days in Austrian , it was an Austrian prison it was a very horrible story I mean horrible experience that …

Host:

It was a normal prison, everyone else goes or it was a special kind of prison for you?

Shahrzad:

Well it was a detention center it would put everybody, prior they would be the verdict or be convicted..

Host:

What kinds of crimes they have committed before?”

Shahrzad:

They had everything, a murderer, I mean they had drug dealers , they had human trafficker, they had money launderer, they had all sort of crimes , I mean in the room they put me in that we were three other ladies one was human trafficker between European countries the other one was the credit cart thief and the other was money launderer, first of when they put you in the prison it was so horrible and tough and that they got your freedom then I Austria everybody was speaking in German language I had no way of communication with anybody , for 28 days they wouldn’t let me to make a phone call to my children , my children were alone with a maid in Dubai and my brother was just there, ..

Host:

So you were just taken to prison and there was no way of telling your children that you are in prison?

Shahrzad:

No we had just the attorney, you know when we got the attorney to contact my family and inform them that we were in prison however the second day that they put us in prison it was all over in the international news that two Iranian nationals were going to smuggle 3000 night vision goggle illegally from United States to Austria.

Host:

So you went to prison and one who could help you translate or explain, did i you have a .. Did you have someone with you by the time?”

Shahrzad:

No at the beginning there was no body but when we went to the court and they were going the investigation of the case they told us “hire the attorneys “then my ex-husband’s attorney met me and he was of course speaking English so he started to talk about it and after 28 days, basically the meetings were requested by US government , the arrest was based on American government request from Austrian authorities, then when we were put in prison , American had claimed something that now they should have proved the document , indictment the criminal complaint and what’s so ever

Of course I have… these are just would say a sample a very tiny sample demo of all my documents from this case and what’s so ever because I had al bunch of luggage’s..

For instance these are from the Austrian Government

Host:

So I wanted to know that when it was over, when 28 days after, you librated and what was the end of the trail they say anything or you would free to go ?

Shahrzad:

It was ..i would tell you, for instance by the time after 28 days we got released on bail because American government fail to provide any documents and then after that we were in the hotel for 40 days , we return back to Dubai and then after a lot of things I went back there ,at the prison of American ICE agent at the court room ,they judge just told me “ we are going to fine you for 2000 Euro as a cash penalty ,you wouldn’t have any criminal history in Europe or in our country , in our justice system because seriously we know that you were innocent but you should have left the meeting when you learnt that they are doing something illegal .

Host:

You had an immigration custom agent, what was a reason for that?”

Shahrzad:

I mean the whole case for me was based on American request, right? it was in Austria , we are talking about the Austria , so the American were the one who a was just playing game with Austrian authorities and they couldn’t do anything , they needed somebody to help them out to arrest my ex-husband and we were prosecuted there and of course the Austrian prosecutor was on behalf of American government

Host:

So when you came out you saw you are free and everything was over?

Shahrzad:

I was absolutely free because I got my verdict which I have my original verdict that they have convicted me of attempting …… it is the original verdict in German language , the said I was attempted to conspire with someone to attend to commit a crime.

Host :

so you were going to attended in detention center , what was the condition there ?”

Shahrzad:

It was not clean, it was dirty , but they would give us the cleaning diversion and what’s so ever to clean up the first problem was I had no way of communication with the other world , I mean my family or outside and even with anybody I detention center, the staff member was so aggressive , so rude so harsh ,I mean by the time that they were taking me to the holding cell I remember the lady hit me with her boots that she was telling me to bow down, bend over , you know pick up the , it was apart that it was a glass , fork and things inside it and then I would take it to my room for instance twice a week they were changing the linen and they were giving us new linens then inside the cell , we would clean it up and it was clean then for instance after a week I was in prison I was going absolutely insane and crazy , they put me on medical because…

Host:

Would you alone there?

Shahrzad:

No I was with three other inmates

Host:

What were their crimes?

Shahrzad:

One was human trafficker between European countries, the other one was a money launderer , and the other one was credit cart thief

Host:

Ok when you came out would you able to go back to Iran or go back UAE?

Shahrzad:

Sure yeah, I mean 28 day we were inside the detention center then we were bailed out and they held our passport for another 40 days , waiting for US government to provide them with the documents then after 40 days we came back to UAE and things happened there, I would tell you later and then I got back I got my verdict and after that I had no criminal history , nothing , I could travel abroad freely , there was no problem at all

Host:

What would you say the Austrian, did they have a certain way of treating you differently because you are Iranian or not?

Shahrzad:

No they were just aggressive with everybody, however for instance they were ring ,,,,, you were sleeping and then in the midnight they came with the dogs in your cell and they would ask you \to leave the room , I am talking about huge dogs just bring it in the cell looking for the drugs then they took you for body search and check you out and it was this kind of things in Austria they had this attitude toward all inmates

Host:

Ok in the nest episode we will see what happened to Shahrzad Mirgholikhan after her freedom, temporary freedom from an Austrian prison

Part 2:

Memories of the witness part 2

Part2:

Narration:

Shahrzad Mirgholikhan, is today a successful businesswoman and mother of two but what she has been through can only be seen in surreal spy thrillers. Her tale stretches from Austria to Dubai and ends up in US penitentiary. For five years she was imprisoned in US on trumped up charges of allegedly trying to smuggle US made defense articles into Iran. She was framed and she fought hard to clear her name and regain her freedom. This is HER STORY.

In the first episode we saw that she was merely attending a meeting in Vienna to act as a translator for her now ex husband.

Shahrzad:

I have a meeting there , I would really appreciate if you could attend the meeting and act as my translator

Narration:

Right after they wrapped up the meeting she was arrested and detained for 28 days in an Austrian detention center

Shahrzad:

So after 28 days we got released on bail because the American government failed them to provide any documents

Narration:

she was freed with a minor fine and no criminal record was filed under her name in Europe.

Alas, no matter how frustrating her 28 day incarceration and ensuing ordeal in Austria really was,

Shahrzad:

Their staff members were so aggressive , so rude , the lady hit me with her boots , I was going to absolutely insane and crazy they put me on medical

Narration:

It was nothing compared to what was in store for her !

Host:

Shahrzad Mirgholikhan you are telling us the exceptional tale that you went through and we left off where you were liberated , temporary freedom from an Austrian prison , what happened after that?

Shahrzad:

Well by then it was not my temporary freedom I thought that I was free forever and it was just a disaster that I was thrown in and I just got out of it ,but when we got released from Austrian prison on bail in the beginning and we went back to UAE so it was another hell proceeding for me in UAE that what the government of UAE has done to me and my children

Host:

Wait,wait…. You went back to UAE, and you want to work as usual

Shahrzad:

I had my company in UAE, we got back after 68 days , we got back to UAE, they sent me a letter to my company that I have to shut down my company then they called me from national security of UAE

Host:

Wait,wait ,,you were innocent but you didn’t have the right to continue your business

Shahrzad:

No and the worst thing about the UAE government is they have no international law in their country , you can go as an investor in the country , you invest billions of dollars, right ? but at the end of the day the government would decide something out of the blue , within blink an eye they just shut down everything , they just take over whatever you have , the property and whatever you have and they just kick you out of the country

Host:

What was a reason?

Shahrzad:

I had no idea by then for instance when i established my company and called it “Twins Group Television Production “, because of my children of course , I was a very successful business woman , that I was about to sign the contract with Dubai Police to make a 3D animation and what ‘s so ever but on the same exact day the UAE Authority sent me a letter that , it was on July 19 2005 that I have to resolve my company registration and I have to shut it down, so I got a attorney I spend 100000 of Dirham’s to these attorneys , they went and they said “ ok “ they fight the case and they followed up and at the end what UAE government has told me , it was “ we have reviewed your letter and notice a typographic error and anyway you would shut down a country

So anyway you have to shut it down so they called me and said “ you have 24 hours to pack your property, remove your children from school , get everything and you would be deported from this country .

We packed our property I just left everything, we just sent everything to Iran , I cannot tell you how UAE government has tortured me and my children so we came to Iran and of course my life has been upside down and over night I was drop from top of the mountain to the zero ground I found out I couldn’t live in Iran any longer , I got divorced from my ex-husband and I got out of Iran to Cyprus and when I came to Iran let you tell you something that I wouldn’t forget that one , when I came to Iran of course I was trying to find another country to move on because my kids education , for instance their first language was English , they were studying in international school and I had goal for my children and I knew that I couldn’t live here I needed to do international business outside of Iran and a lot of other things .

When I came to Iran of course during the one year I was staying in Iran , I have travel 8 times to European countries I mean I went to Netherlands .. for instance when you want to travel to European Schengen countries , you have to apply for visa , if you are bounded , if you are black listed , if you are in stop list or anything , the embassy of the county would stamp your passport and then they refuse your visa , right?

I have so many passports, this is the one that I had it since.. I mean I have been in all over the places

Host:

Even you are not refused, you are stamped

Shahrzad:

No never, this is a first one, the first passport that as much as I was travelling was finished , here is my passport to Cyprus , on passport to Cyprus it is 5/6/2007, then I have another one and they are more Schengen visas, this is Germany..

Host:

So you felt that you are free person

Shahrzad:

I was travelling , it was not a feeling , I was freed and it was nothing because I had my verdict in my hand and I have passed the borders of European countries o8 timed with the same passport , right ?

Never arrested, never anything, nothing ,when I got in Cyprus , UAE has told me that I have to bring two certificate of clearance, the only country that wouldn’t allow me in ,it was UAE, that I was deported

Host:

When you didn’t commit a crime in UAE

Shahrzad:

Nothing..nothing in UAE , even in Austria I have not committed any crime , I was not even… If you check my criminal history in Europe like now , of course there is no criminal history for me but when we got in Cyprus I went to American embassy to apply for the certificate of clearance , this is a point

Host :

For the UAE actually

Shahrzad:

For the UAE,….. why? Because I had property in UAE that I should have gone and solve out my property to make an investment , I need money , for investment you need money

Host :

Well you wanted to go and just sell your property ,,,so you need a clearance

Shahrzad:

UAE wanted clearance from Iran and United States to give me the visa o allow me to get into their company it was their requirement m, I got the one from Iran and for the American one, I went to American embassy , and I was like “ ok this is like this ,m I had this case in Austria in 2005, this is what had happened and I need the certificate of clearance , they told me you cannot get it , they checked my name over the phone and they said you cannot get it , you have not ever been in United States , I have not ever been in United States, you are not a US citizen and we cannot get it to you , it is not something ..you are not eligible to get the this one

I said “ok” and they were like’” do you have any information to give us about your ex-husband?”

I said “no ”yeah on the phone from US embassy in Nicosia in Cyprus,

I said no we got divorced and I came here to start a new life and thank you so much.

After that one I would tell you it was 9th or 10th October 2007 ,i went to renew my visa because of purchasing the property , took some more time in Cyprus I went there

Host:

Visa of what country??

Shahrzad:

Cyprus , I went to Immigration office of Paphos ,they took my passport and it took minutes they called me and they started investigating me and say” how did you come in to the country “ I said “ excuse me “ this is a second time within 60 days I have come to this country from airport and here are my stamps and other than that these are the other visas that I have gone here and there and they were like “ that Is so weird how couldn’t arrested “ and I was like “ why would I be arrested ?”

They said ”no there is a variant of arrest for you and Washington Interpol wants you “ I was like” hold on for second, I just contacted the American embassy , it is not even 10 days ,right?

And all of a sudden since I contacted them now I am renewing my visa you say that my name is in stop list, why wouldn’t they stop me at the airport while I was travelling like that, I didn’t change anything , the passport is the same , my identity is the same nothing is changed , I am the same person

They said: no they said you have exported the night vision goggle from Austria to Iran

I was like “ hold on for second , let’s go to the hotel … because I remember I always took the original verdict of mien whenever I travel, just.. just in case , you know, you have your documents you cannot say things

I was like : let’s go to my hotel I would show you then you contact the Interpol of Vienna ask them if they want me and if the American wanted me why couldn’t they extradite me from Austria, I went to Austria for the case for the night vision goggle, I was prosecutor there I got my verdict right? and they had extradition 3D between Austria and United States, it was American government request, once you give me my verdict , you have to keep me in detention center in Austria ,right? And then extradite me to United States because these are two separated cases , right? There is no Double jeopardy , nothing like that and I had to be prosecuted

Host:

Do anything to convince them, the letter….

Shahrzad:

I just gave them the verdict, I contacted the Interpol, Vienna before American, they contacted the Interpol and the Interpol said “ yes she is prosecuted , it is double jeopardy , they cannot do that , the American government failed to extradite me from Cyprus to America because they said it is double jeopardy you cannot do that , you cannot prosecutor her twice for the same thing and then of course I contacted the American embassy ,I wrote them letter I said” look , if you think that you can cheat on me or anything because I am the ex-wife of somebody that you could just do whatever you want to do because I am a woman, let me tell you something I was just like “first of al no matter what to do ?if your requirement that I come to United States , I would come , you do whatever you want to , I won’t talk , just they cheating on me they tricked me because after they failed for extradition the American embassy the ambassador called me, ,he was like “ Miss Gholikhni I would like to apologize for the miss convince a that had happened apparently they have been some mistake and United States government would like to invite you for a governmental business trip into United States and I laughed over the phone and I said well you should know that I am an adult and what is a trick ?why would you need me? they said no because your name is in stop list unless you wouldn’t go to the country we cannot remove your name from the stop list , they told me I have to go there and they remove my name from Unites States..

So here I am sitting right ?i have come to Cyprus it is really safe and secure , it was…

If I wanted to stay in Cyprus I cannot even get out of Cyprus, Why? because whenever I apply for any license or any visa or anything ,or any air port I would go my name is in stop list ,they would stop me they would do the investigation I have to give them the verdict and just start over , I wanted to do business, I was not a housewife to go and sit there or what’s so ever anyway I went there so my only option just move on to America see what they have to do , what they have to say ,whatever they wanted to say I knew I am innocent I didn’t do anything so it was no fear of , you know , you have done something, you are scared to go but in the other hand I knew that American governments are cheaters , liar and what they are saying are not based on truth so I made up my decision I said” I am coming to United States they gave me the parole letter , they didn’t give me visa, they gave me a parole letter for 15 days. It was official invitation

Host:

So you planed just to return back you wanted to have your visa , stop list checked out and what fro the stop list defiantly and just return and do your business in Cyprus?

Shahrzad:

Exactly that is why I said, because the American government told me if you can come to United States only for 10 days it would just take 10 days to remove your name from stop list , you know you are clean , you know you haven’t done any crime, if there is any problem about night vision goggle you have been prosecuted, you have paid your penalty , you are cleaned it up, right?

So I said “ ok I will come I would go I would clear my name in United States then I would come back to Cyprus it is just a matter of 10 days what the American said , I mean the visa was just for 15days the ticket6 which they got it for me and it was a return ticket just for 10 days too

Host :

So they got a return ticket as well?

Shahrzad:

Yeah my ticket was returned ticket my flight was on 16th December

Host:

So they intended to make you return,..

Shahrzad:

Make you believe that I am going to the United States , they would welcome me they would remove my name from the stop list and I am coming back to Cyprus , living my life and

Host:

You were talking with this people from the embassy did you feel any sort of aggressive attitude or any sort of bad intension that they were saying to you?

Shahrzad:

They are extremely manipulative people what I experienced with US government, I mean they act like, they are your savior , they feel how much you have been through and if it was a mistake they are willing to apologize right? And just get you, help you as a human because they are a human rights protectors on earth basically and they are going to protect you and get you what you have lost, this is the way that they act so what happened that I got my verdict , I mean I got the ticket an d my mother brought my children and fro few hours I saw them and they took me to the airport and I got in the plane , my flight was from Larnaca to Frankfort to Miami..

Host:

What was your impression all through this? while you were going through this a ns all these things happening to , what was inside you , what was your feeling inside you?

Shahrzad:

I was torn apart but trying just to hold on I mean every single thing that is happening want part was losing , something is lost ,

Host:

You felt you were losing everything or did you have…

Shahrzad:

Not the financially , I am talking about spiritually , you are like just some body squishing you and they are just trying to break you , you know they do everything destroy you but you have to hold on because I am a mother , you cannot change the fact that at the end of the day I am a mother , I have two children I have life responsibility and no matter what would going to happen to you, I have to hold on , you are supporting two other people so it was just sometimes I was just “ Lord just end it I can’t take on anymore “ I mean what UAE has done to me it was the end of me some times I felt like : I am a dead person just moving around , you know, you don’t know what to do , you don’t know how you could manage your children mentally you have to act for them being happy , but you are not ….

Host:

So you get in the plane…

Shahrzad:

I got in the plane I arrived to Miami and when I came out of the plane , the whole bunch of people were standing there, I remember this they were standing there and I came out of the plane and I was like “ excuse me where can I find ICE agencies ?” because I was invited by them

Host:

Let’s keep it there

Next time we will go to the next episode with more adventures and more tales of Shahrzad Mirgholikhan and exceptional things that happened to her when she went to the United States, her vision and her memories of a witness inside the United States .

Part 3:

Memories of a witness part 3

Narration:

Shahrzad Mirgholikhan who was innocently imprisoned in the United States of America for 5 years has been through such a convoluted ordeal that you are hard pressed to find out of the realm of fiction entertainment. Yet she sat with us to recount her memories of the injustice she witnessed firsthand.

So far we learned that she was arrested after attending a meeting with her now ex-husband in Vienna but was later found not guilty for the charges brought against her by the US government.

Upon returning to Dubai which was her city of residence back then, she faced appalling treatment from UAE authorities.

Shahrzad:

Another hell proceeding for me in UAE , that Government of UAE has done to me and my children …

Narration:

She was asked to leave the country within 24 hours without being any proper reason

Shahrzad:

I cannot tell you how UAE government has tortured me and my children

Narration:

Shahrzad decides to take her children abroad to continue their education. This time she chose Cyprus. To start her new business she needed to sell her property in Dubai but UAE was the only country which has denied her entry unless she could provide them with two certificates of clearance one from Iran and another from USA.

Shahrzad:

Because I had property y in UAE that should have gone and sold out my property to make the investment , I needed the money

Narration:

To apply for the certificate she contacted the US embassy in Nicosia. This is when another chapter in her life unfolds.

She was informed by the Cyprus authorities that she is a wanted person.

Shahrzad:

They said “ no there is a variant of arrest for you and Washington Interpol wants you

Narration:

She was then invited to go to the United States by no one other that the US ambassador to Cyprus so that her name could be then officially dropped from the wanted list.

Shahrzad:

They told me that you have to go there

Narration:

She was given all the seeming assurances that led her to believe that her trip to US would only take 10 days. But things did not turn out the way she had envisaged.

Host:

Shaharzad Mirgholikhan thanks for accepting to tell us your amazing story , all things that happen to you along the way in this adventure that you had a exception your tale to telling us…you reached national Miami airport what happened at that time, what is you thought and who is

Shahrzad:

I remember it was Wednesday 19th December 2007, 3:30 by Miami time that I have arrived to Miami international airport , when i came off the plane they were people who were waiting for her passengers and I asked where are the ICE agents , ICE is Immigration Custom Enforcement Agencies , and I asked where can I find the ICE agents that I was surrounded with few people…

Host:

You know that you have to meet a person specific or it was like ….

Shahrzad:

No they told me when I was coming from the embassy and the ICE, I mean ,from Immigration Agents in Frankfort , they said ,they are waiting for you and they are receiving you form airport to take to the hotel, right?

So I knew somebody is expecting me at the airport and when we arrived there I asked them I was surrounded by 3 or 4 agents , I mean normal clothing and then he said , here she is , then all of a sudden I don t know out a blue ,the police officers , I mean the staff member of airport came and they took me to the passport control but I wouldn’t wait for the passport control ,at my arrival they got , they asked me if they can have my travel documents , I just handed over to them and they said “please Follow us welcome to America and I was like” thank you so much “ and I didn’t know what is going to happen I was just “ok” I arrived let see what is coming it up

We went back there they had me to sit in another office and waiting for 10 minutes something like that and then the guy told me ..called my name and said “come in”

I went in and I remember , I think I have it here ,,,, so disrespectfully the guy was telling me “ we need your finger print “ and I was like” what is the finger prints for?”

He said” you are not here to question, I am here to question you “

I was like “ excuse me , you might not know but I am officially invited by your government and you have no right to talk like that “ any way they asked me to remain silent

Host:

So the man asked you to remain silent? And not asking question

Shahrzad:

No he was like just “ don’t ask any question, we are just doing our job here , just we need your fingerprint”

Host:

Did you feel as you are criminal or what had you done wrong?

Shahrzad:

No I was like it is maybe because of my passport because…

Host:

Because you are Iranian

Shahrzad:

Yeah,I thought because I am Iranian they had this attitude , there were two Indians in that room too and I was like” may be that is because my nationality “

So this is the way that I was welcomed in United States of America with very humiliating act , you know , attitude of the officers and then they told me “ ok you can get out of the room and wait till we call your name “

I was like “ok the agents were not there, they were somewhere else as they said they are going to get my luggage’s then it was finished, one of the agents came they took me to another room and I should passed the x-ray machine ,take the belt off , shoes off but it was not the arrival point of the airport for all the passengers

Host:

Ok you went from different line??

Shahrzad:

I went from different line, different place that the public didn’t have access to that place , you know , it was like the detention center of let say Miami airport ,then we went there in the room and then we went to another room and the agent ask me “ if you mind we just open up your luggage and check it

“ I was like ‘ that is so funny you are doing whatever you want to , but I think that we just passed through x-ray, If you want to you can please..”

He said” oh no that is ok , don’t get upset or disappointed this is part of the our duty ,we have to do that , you don’t know what happened to our country in 9/11”

I was like” what does it have to do? Ok do your job”

So he did it and then he came, I was sitting on the bench there , it was a tiny bench that he asked me “ to sit on “ I was like “ I was expecting to receive VIP treatment as they said and I don’t sit maybe you should come to Iran and learn about our hospitality

Host:

You used to much more better presentation

Shahrzad:

Yeah , I walked into that room , I was like “am I in America? Is this America?

He was like “ yes, here is America , you will see a lot of things outside there “ they the guy came and he told me “ok I have to inform you officially that you are under arrest “ and sitting next to me watching the photos of my camera , smiling and in a way that I think he is joking , he is kidding or something like that , he is just saying something and I said” excuse me what do you mean ?”he said “ yes here is you variant of arrest and you are arrest the only thing that I can tell you is “ we are going to take you to the detention center and I just recommend you to change your shoes and cloth and if wear something normal you have to throw them out , I was like” this is not impossible it is not going to happen ,I am going to call my attorney in Cyprus , I am going to call my attorney in Austria and what for?

Host :

What was your crime?

Shahrzad:

What was my crime? Then he said “ we don’t know anything , this is exporting defense article “

I was like” the night vision goggle ? really ? seriously? Again? Here ? but I have my verdict ”

He was like ”Ma’am I have nothing to say , my duty is just to have you arrested and deliver you to the detention center “

Host:

Did you have any contact with other one out of airport who was waiting for you?

Shahrzad:

No , nobody I knew that they are waiting for me and they are going to receive me

US government was waiting for you , I was supposed to go there to get my name clear from the stop list and come back , nothing else , then we got there and I changed my cloths and I said “ ok I am ready let’s go “

He was like “excuse me first of all, then they called a lady to call in and he said “before to leave here we checked your luggage’s nut we haven’t check you “and I said” ok what am I supposed to do?

“ and he said “ nothing first of all a lady officer came, and I don’t know if they are humans ? I mean how you can be such an aggressive.. I don’t know like wild animal, something like that ,they are trying to attack you and she pushed me on the wall and she started searching me and searching like putting their hands everywhere , getting it up and down, in places that you just jump up and down and you are like “ hey look get your hands out of my body, what are you doing?”

What do they looking for ?what do they think they would find?

Shahrzad:

I don’t know I have no idea and I was like””this is ridicules for God sake, I am invited by you and you told me to come and you were the government to receive me , how possibly I am going to bring something with me even though if you are treating me like a criminal , a criminal wouldn’t take the things when they know that they are going to police , I mean seriously and he was like ok , please put your hands behind your back “I looked at him and I said “ what?”he said” your hands off” and he took out something from his back packet ,somewhere, he took off the handcuffs, I saw the handcuff and I was like “wait a second I have been arrested for the night vision Goggle case in Austria, They never put handcuffs on my hands , I won’t let it “

He said “I regret to inform you if you don’t do it as we order ,we have to do it by force “

Host :

So they have to right to force you , right ?the punishment that they consider yes?

Shahrzad:

You can cooperate this is our law or if you can’t do that and we will see you will hear how we will do that , they I said” ok “ I put my hands back it was a first time in my life that I felt this metal handcuffed on my hands behind my back ..like those one and it was heavy and I was like “ why ?

Host:

What would you thinking? would you thinking that …

Shahrzad:

No I was like” how evil you are ?how you tricked me ?i have come by myself? How a criminal would…If I was a criminal why would I come..?

I was like” while they are cheating and I am 29 years old Iranian woman like that how about the rest of the world “ I mean this is the way they carry on , their operation around the world , it is all tricking ,lying and it is just manipulating people , this is how it is “

So they took me to the car, we went to the airport ,

Host :

You were alone in the car?

Shahrzad:

I was alone in the back seat and another agent sitting with me in the back side

Host:

Was it a police car? or special cars?

Shahrzad:

No especial cars I think it was a Chevrolet car, so when we sat in the car they were like” oh we are sorry that we should have got you like this and the place that we are taking you ,let us telling you it is a really VIP treatment for you that they asked to put you there we have many different jails in United States , I mean in Miami, in the State of Florida that they picked the best thing for you so it might be a little bit tough for you at the beginning but believe us this is the best out of all we have here and let us tell you something if you sort cooperating with United States government and whatever they want you, you would do, you will got out this building and we are taking you in three days but we you wouldn’t then we don’t know, the only thing is that you need to hire a good expert attorney but at the end remember you are Iranian, that is what the agents was telling..

Host:

They really threatening you actually along the way and they are working on your line , they were working on your psychology

Shahrzad:

Maybe , maybe by then I couldn’t understand that we arrived ,they took me to the parking since this night for 18 months I haven’t seen sun from that night I was got in the parking of that parking , we arrived at Federal Detention Center of Miami, tow lady officer came and they received me, with their clothing and they were like” hey, you are the Iranian one?”

Host:

They were waiting for you

Shahrzad:

Yeah they were waiting for me I said “I am the Persian one yes “so I came and I was like”…. I might laugh right now but my whole body was shaking ,I was like “Lord wake me up, I mean you can cheat on somebody but not to that extend ,knowing that she is Iranian person , whatever you do to this person at the end one day she would get out and it will get out. we went there , the lady told me ok , here we have the rules but I don’t know what happened to you and I don’t want to hear anything about you case but defiantly she was just knowing that I am Iranian and it is a defense article case ,and what’s so ever and she told me you have to …. They did a little bit of paper works then again they took my finger prints , they had me to filling the forms , writing the address, telephone number and what’s so ever, she was like” do you have any attorney?” I said” Excuse me , this is my first hours, first time in my entire life arriving to this devil land , so I don’t have anybody here , everything I have is in Iran , they took me to a room it was a curtain , there was a chair at the corner and she told me ok “go there take off your cloths “

Host:

So they told me to get your clothes off?

Shahrzad:

Yeah ,it was something really normal she was asking me to take off your cloths , I was standing there she was getting some cloths or something for me and she turned back and she was like” this was a direct order, why aren’t you taking off your clothes ?”

I said “ E xcuse me ! I am waiting for you to step out of the room “ I mean , for God sake , in Austria , 28 days I have been in prison, I have been in detention center , right ?they never asked me to take of my clothes, they never took away my original clothes and I went there ,I was leaving after 28 days by my own clothing in Austrian prison , so it was like a new shocking experience that I had.

She said “ No you have to take it off in front of me , I have to do the search “I was horrified , I was like” Lord , what are they going to do with me ?”I mean….

I said” ok ”I started taking it off and of course when it reached to the last part ,the underwear parts , right? i just stood like that , she said “ take it off” I was like” my underwear? I won’t”

She started telling me “ listen here on I have to it by force you will be end up in shoe , you don’t know what is shoe , you don’t want to see anything , I don’t want to make your enter here so miserable and this is the rule

Host:

What was shoe?

Shahrzad:

It was a special housing unit, the real violated inmates and criminals they end up there, I will tell you in the course of this tale..

I was like” ok” I cannot explain for you how much you are humiliated , I mean somebody standing in front of you and wants… you know , take your dignity , take your respect to turning you apart from inside that you get naked in front of me , even though we are females but we don’t have this in our tradition , you won’t get naked in front of your mother and in United States you were asking me in front of you

Host:

You were waiting for something terrible happening there

Shahrzad:

I was going maybe they are going to rape me there or something like that , I don’t know , you don’t know what is happening, it is not normal I mean it is not something , … nobody is in this building how do I know it is real Federal Detention Center , maybe seriously I am kidnapped

Host:

Was there anyone else around you , or someone…

Shahrzad:

No, only me and the lady were alone at the room, the ICE agent s were outside , then she told me bend over I was like “ ok “ and then she wanted to see every places, checking it

Host:

Even intimate part ?

Shahrzad:

Every intimate part of your body that you by yourself even wouldn’t see I mean you don’t see it. so then she was like “squat” naked all naked then, she said “ ok here ,” she threw some clothes for me and it was underwear and immediately I started wearing the cloths and we went upstairs, they put me in the holding cell I mean when I went to that unit when I walked in it was evening time and when i walked in , it was just like I am alien coming from another planet , right? So I walked in to the housing unit in the fifth floor, east side , then I went in and a lot of inmates were around me.

Host:

Let’s keep it there , welcome back , there are more exceptional adventures of Shahrzad Mirgholikhan and her adventure inside the US Federal Prison taking way to freedom and all she excepted from United States .

Part 4:

Memories of Witness part 4

Narration:

Shahrzad Mirgholikhan an Iranian national who had to suffer the American injustice for five years in US prison is now free with an experience few have ever faced and a story only she can recount.

Shahrzad Mirgholikhan decides to go to the United States of America against her better judgment to clear her name off of the stop list. Little does she know that all the official assurances and invitation she has received from the US officials are big fat lies so that they can make a arrest upon her arrival.

Shahrzad:

Now I remember it was Wednesday Miami 19th December 2007, 03:30 by Miami time that I have arrived at Miami international Airport

Narration:

She is met by ICE agents and to her shock fingerprinted.

Shahrzad:

What is the finger print for ? he said, you are not here to question , I am here to question you

Narration:

She is later told that she is under arrest

Shahrzad:

told me ok, I have to inform you officially that you are under

Narration:

She is utterly humiliated by the first treatment she receives from the Americans

Shahrzad:

this is the way I was welcomed to united states of America

Narration:

But this is just the beginning of her horrifying experience. She is taken to Miami Federal Detention center and there officials are waiting for her knowing she is the Iranian one

Shahrzad:

My whole body was shaking I was like “ Lord, wake me up”

Narration:

She goes through normal American penitentiary reception procedure which prove to be gruesomely shocking for her

Shahrzad:

I was horrified…I was like” Lord what are they going to do with me? I cannot explain for you how much you are humiliated

Narration:

Her adventure inside US prison is just about to begin….

Host:

Thank you Shahrzad for accepting to tell us these amusing story that happen to you through every this time in united States and different countries you enter

So you inside the prison , inside the detention center , what was the next reaction of other inmates in prison ?

Shahrzad:

At beginning they didn’t know that I am Iranian, they didn’t know where Is Iran and absolutely they called it “Ai-ran “and that was the point , then I was put in the holding cell we were two inmates in one cell and the locked the door, the door was just like this and at 10 o clock Pm, the staff member would come to count you and you have to stand up ,I had no idea what’s going on , disrespectful attitude of the officers when they doing eth count which I didn’t know I should stand up for instance , they were the first things that happened there then the next morning on 20th December at 4 o clock in the Moring, and they took off your watch , jewelry and everything, you have no clue about the time or anything when I was there at the beginning , then it was 4 Am that they woke me up and they said you have court ,then I was like “ ok”I came out of the cell asked for the shower they said it is quit hours , there Is no shower right now and I was like “ok” and we went to R& D the same place that they have received me

Host :

What was the R&D department?

Shahrzad:

The Receiving and Discharging inmates , but when we got there again and

They asked us to search again, they were like “ take of your clothes “ do it and everybody was s fast that I couldn’t catch up ,just waiting there ,., doing it and it was finished , the lady ws so disrespectful ,I mean the lady the way that she told me “ bend over” and the phrase that she used “ I want to see everywhere , I mean open up and what’s so ever” it is just like shack and i don’t know what to do , then we got off and we went back to the holding cell , they ewe came out I heard some shackles but I couldn’t know what is it because i never experienced it before then we came they took us next to the wall and they did the body search again and after that we put because we changed our uniform from green to khaki color for the court and then they searched us and I saw all the inmates ,they started with the male ,they brought and they would go up there they put the shackles , heavy shackles around their ankles and then they would come down and then they bring a long chain , turn it around the wrest they out the chain out and they handcuff one hand and then took the handcuff from this chain, lock it here and put the other handcuff, keep you like that , then they took us from a long corridor , very dirty and dark place to parking area and from parking to a van , ladies are sitting in front and the male inmates in the back side, these males and females were talking, were saying things that you want to puck

Host:

Between the inmates, prisoners

Shahrzad:

Between the prisoners , I mean you cannot stand it , you were like who are these people , how they can talk about these things about … I don’t know

How:

There were very personal things ?

Shahrzad:

There was like …excuse my language ,,,there were street woman talking with these criminals, really they were criminals and for instance you would see the face of a guy it was all over his body was at you ,right ?

And it is kind of scary for me that I haven’t seen , I haven’t been everywhere but I saw this kind of … there just doing a devil here …horrible things

We went to the court and the lady judge was like” you have indictment ”they asked me if I have an attorney “I said “I don’t have” they said the right , they got a list of my properties what do I have

How:

What kinds of things?

Shahrzad:

There is a form and they were asked you for instance” so you have a job? Do you have any incomes ?do you have any bank deposit ?so you have any property ? do you have any vertical under your name? your assess what you have, do you have any gold? any part of the world , it doesn’t matter

So I just told what I had and the judge said “ ok you are not illegible for an appointed attorney from court “ because if you didn’t have money we would appoint somebody as a consoler for you

Host:

So you were too rich to have a lawyer from the court

Shahrzad:

Yeah I was too reach to have a lawyer and the lawyers that they had in the court that they would work for free for other inmates , the judge told me that you have to pay 20000 USD to start with that he would take my case and come to represent me

Host:

So other poor dint have a possibility to have a lawyer ?

Shahrzad:

Public defender , this I what they gave them and the public defender , you know consider you as a number as piece of garbage they just put all the court proceeding in the United States ,they get some people they treat them so horrible , they twist them and they take them to the court and the attorney which was part of a government would come to them and they would be like “ok here is the choice if you plea and accept what the government was saying was true we will give you for instance 5 years , if you want to go to the trial you would have 80 years in prison so it would be like that “ ok I take the 5 years and”

Host:

So they were kind of bargain with you

Shahrzad:

Yes they were bargaining with you , the justice system of united states , it is jock! if you would be inside the justice system , right? and compare the other cases that there were under … where they were making their law which was looks like it was totally two different things , what they say doesn’t exist

Host:

You there were no justice for you or there was the way of justifying rights for prisoners

Shahrzad:

For me there was no justice let me tell you something, if you are a criminal you are well treated in department of justice

Host”

Why was that ?

Shahrzad:

Because if you are a criminal, you are cooperating with the government and you would get the least time you could and … a murderer who killed her husband, I witnessed by myself she got nine years imprisonment, a murderer , right?

Then you would see a woman that she was charged as a conspiracy charge as what her husband was dont , the American nationality for instance got 25 years imprisonment and then the murderer tent in somebody else cooperated with the US government after 2 years she got the time reduction and she was freed and the ,, woman was sitting in the prison she should served her time

Host :

How does it feel when you feel so much injustice and if you feel if you are honest person , your life is a real normal person and then you… to have a bid massive lies and this treatment ,, how do you feel , what’s your reaction , what do you think you should be doing ?

Shahrzad:

You should fight them , you should stand and you should fight them and say “ hey look, what you are doing i:

But could you speak , could you say?

Shahrzad:

Yeah for instance when I went to the court , in the court proceeding I didn’t know , system works was formality I mean you wear the suit, you come , you stand up quit , it was about their manner, right ,forget about truth, forget about the justice , the beautiful courtroom , beautiful new court room, a judge dressed up was sitting there , right? Taking you and they just wait and one speaks and the other says something mean the defended sides , the attorney would argue with law case and that is it , the judge rules , go and come back after three months, it was almost show .

Host:

Did you feel there id anything real in all that?

Shahrzad:

No I was like maybe making a movie, it cannot be real , it is not real , how you are…. By putting on your beautiful cloths , you are deceiving everybody while I am eye witnessing what are you doing inside behind this court room seat, what are you doing with the people as human.

Anyway we went there and at the end my family has supported me after 10 or …

Host:

Have they anyway to contact you?

Shahrzad:

…….when they put me in the prison

Host:

So all the world know that you are in United States so what happened what is their reaction

Shahrzad:

My family?

Of course they contacted the Iranian government and they started panicking and just seeking for their helps and contacting my attorney in Austria

Host:

How they know about this ?

Shahrzad:

US government

Host:

So they gave the information to…

Shahrzad:

Yes,” the 30 Iranian -year –old was arrested in United States for exporting 3000 night vision goggle” this is what US government would do, right?

They would make a frame for somebody they put the person in the frame right? then they would decide how would play with this person’s life and we get what we need , forget about this is a human being, who cares ? we are just the human , we are the one who rule the world , we are the one who… what is called …make the show, this is what they do and for instance when I came there I had no idea that I was on the news so one of the inmates came and they bring in a news paper and they were all there and they were like “ oh, that’s her the Iranian one ,is it her?

Host:

People who seen on TV before asn anything they were recording …or

Shahrzad:

The good thing ,, the good thing in American Federal Prisons , court everywhere, they had a security cameras

Host:

So they sent security camera images to the media to show….

Shahrzad:

No they wouldn’t give it , they wouldn’t give it, they had their security camera for them but what I am saying it is a good thing what they have said to the world is coming out of the imagination , they want to inject to the brain of other people but the realty they don’t pay attention they look you are recording the reality with your security cameras as much as you lie it doesn’t matter but one day it is enough one person would come out and take the curtain over.

Host:

What about a lawyers and …

Shahrzad:

My family paid over 3000 USD to this private top ten attorney

How:

In the United States?

Shahrzad:

Yeah in the United States , I mean my family starting contacting the family members tat they had but then they were all horrified that “ she is in prison now in America, and what had happened what’s so ever and nobody is answered my parent’s phone calls , even the family members I mean , everybody were away but my mum and my dad got the attorney for me they paid that ,, I went with one attorney and they were like … from the day one each attorney visited me and they told me “ listen, you are an Iranian, this is a political case , US government just needs your ex-husband and if you cooperate with US government, we don’t have , we go to the court , you would be set free and getting the American nationality and you would get the political assailment and you can have fancy life in United States but give our government what they want , it is useless if you go to the fight them , there is no way , remember you are Iranian, it is a political case defense article , the world first and last word is the government words

Host:

So what happened you had …how much time did it take for them to judge you ?

Shahrzad:

They have this speedy trial that within 30 days they started ,,,they have to prosecute you, once they file the indictment I mean the complains from the government side and you are arrested it is 30 days that they start prosecution and get the final decision for you, not to hold you In the prison , but in my case it took four months that the American government was begging me in every different way , right? Come get, start cooperating with us that you don’t have to suffer like that you are just so young , we will give you whatever you want bring your ex- husband

Host:

What did they offer you? expect for…

Shahrzad:

Political assailment?

Host:

Yeah , poetical assailment was against what? To talk about.

Shahrzad:

No turn in y ex-husband, they just wanted me to give my ex out of Iran that they even told me , I mean what the attorney told me that just get him out of the borders of Iran ,,they would wrap him in a bag and they will bring him here , you don’t have to do anything that,, we are going to prosecute him and you know it is all about him

Host:

They propose a witness protection for you ?

Shahrzad:

Yeah ,witness protection against my ex-husband

I said “ excuse me you are the United States government , I am just 29-year –old Iranian woman, they are begging me and telling the attorney, they are begging me to cooperate with them to get my ex-husband,,, come on it is just a simple Iranian man, you are the United States government, go get him , you wanted me I came here let see what you can do against me , why you have done all of this to me

Host:

What did they have against you ?

Shahrzad:

Duplicated indictment of my ex- husband is what they had for me, I mean he is indictment from

Host:

Illegal isn’t it?

Shahrzad:

It is illegal ,what where ? in the land of criminals, I mean the government is criminal and the land that they said … any way what happened after four months that they were trying to twist me ,a lot of mental torture that we will get back on them later on , they took me my attorney .. they kept asking to postpone to trail because the government didn’t have enough evidence and documents to present their case right?

If you would have gone to the trial the government stated that if you go to the trial it would be lost maybe she would win the trial and “ oh Lord it can’t be”

Host:

Because you had a documents that proves that you are not guilty

Shahrzad:

Of course I had the documents also they didn’t have documents against me

Host:

What did you do? how did you manage to get out of this? What happened? you got the lawyer…

Shahrzad:

Yeah the lawyer, but whatever I would tell them, they said No, we got to the trial the US government understood that I am standing strong and there is no way they just get my cooperation and on the eve of trial that we’re going to court to start to trail on Monday and my attorney came and she said ok , she is so stone headed and we cannot get her lets wrap of this case ,we don’t want to waist anymore time in this case

Host:

So the expected you will not win

Shahrzad:

The understood that I was not guilty, they said we will give you 65 years if you wouldn’t cooperate , I said ‘ I would take the 65 years but I would stand for the trail it doesn’t matter what you say m the truth would come out one day sooner or later

Host:

How was the reaction of judges and the jury , yeah?

Shahrzad:

The point was I went to the court and at the courtroom the judge told me “ if I plea guilty and admit that I had attended the meeting in Austria n acted as a translator for my ex- husband, they are going to give me 0-6 months punishment in prison and because the government agrees they are going to give me time served so I got my time served I can be freed and go back to Iran, to my country

Host:

So you served your time actually how long was that ?

Shahrzad:

4 months , no the story continues this is as you can see that I have acted as an translators in the meeting which was the Vienna case anyway , they gave me the time served I was released from the prison I have taken to the airport , waiting at the airport , telling me that you are going home then from there took me to the another prison after 8 hours tortured and bringing me back to the court telling me it was mistake with your sentence we should have given you 29 months and we made a great error

Host:

What was that ?why do they consider doing the mistake ?even anyone tell them that they would keep you for 29 months?

Shahrzad:

No this was a tortured that they were planning to do for me to get my … it was a psychological torture because you give the time served and you are like “ 29 moths let’s keep her 29 months in prison maybe she would soften a little we can do that if we just released him after 4 months , she would go out with her verdict in Austria and the repetition is gone, we know that .

I withdraw with my plea we went to two trials at my first trail I had my attorney William Barzi and the first trial was a hung jury which the twelve jury wouldn’t agree to convict somebody I mean some of them would say no she is innocent and some of them would say no she is guilty

When the twelve wouldn’t come to one conclusion and one decision , it is a hung jury so you have to do the trail again for the second trial I did prosy I mean I represented myself and I said” I do not need any attorney ,all the attorneys here are liars, cheaters, thieves , they just suck your money , you know ,and they don’t defend you

Host:

So you stood for you self?

Shahrzad:

Yeah I stood by myself, during the course of the trail at eh second time which was I represented myself the kept me in a jail which it had for 10 days I had no access to the shower , I was kept like a dog in a cage or animal cage then after that they took me to FTC Miami when I complain to the judge then I lost my voice I had full infection I was running high fever for the last three days of my trail I had no voice

Host:

Ok let’s keep it here

These are some of the exceptional adventures that Shahrzad Mirgholikhn had to left inside US Federal Prison, in the next episode we will more about prison condition and what she had through .

Part 5:

Memories of the witness part 5

Narration:

Shahrzad Mirgholikhan an Iranian national who had to suffer the American injustice for five years in US prison is now free with an experience few have ever faced and a story only she can recount.

So far we learned that Shahrzad goes to the United States of America at the request and invitation of American officials to get her name off the stop list. But to her shock she was arrested and immediately put in a Federal prison.

Shahrzad:

That I was put in a holding cell ,we were two inmates at one cell

Narration:

At 4 Am the next morning she is woken up and told that she has court hearing and this means more disrespectful body search and being put in a shackle like owned slaves of bygone years and then put in a vehicle along with numerous other inmates both male and female.

she learns shocking truths about the US justice system.

Shahrzad:

The justice system of the United States , it is joke

Narration:

From the very beginning every attorney Shahrzad meets with lay out the entire reason behind the whole proceeding before her clearly.

Shahrzad:

S he told me listen” you are an Iranian, this is a political case , US government jut needs your ex-husband and if you cooperate with US Government we don’t have to go to the court , we just go to the court we set free and getting the American nationality if you want you can get a political assailment and you can live a fancy life in United States but give our government what they want

Narration:

Finally the US government that has seen her defiance gives up and decides to go on with the proceedings.

Host:

So Shahrzad five years , five years wasted of your life, your children

Shahrzad:

Yeah but the precious time of our life imagine I was just 29 to 34 the best age of mine , they were just 10 to 15 which was the most time that they needed their mother , I was away and I didn’t live as a human and I was just tell you before because since 5 years as I told you in the past we were just some walking numbers I didn’t have any Identity anymore when I was in US prisons , if I go to any officer and I would be like “I am Ghoikhan” they were like” we don’t know , who care who you are ? what is your number so I was number 80152-004, this is what I was

Host:

It has barcode

Shahrzad:

Yeah , it has barcode , actually our family , anybody from outside would put money in our account through western union , right? And then it would come to our commissary account which was like a bank with the Bauru and then whenever we go to the commissary , we had this commissary a little shop and once a week we were supposed , we were allowed if we had money , we were allowed to do shopping, for instance I have something to show you , we have the list of commissary

Host:

Seems you have pain as well?

Shahrzad:

I have a lot of pain because the verdict tortured me and the medical,,, oh I will tell you that one , my disk has been damaged , L4 and L5 which till know I am suffering from that and I might need a surgery during your time in the cells

In my time in FTC Miami for the second trail at the end I got convicted on three counts and I have 4 counts

Host:

You are convicted what?

Shahrzad:

Exporting defense article to Iran and the three counts ,the three charges that I have gotten me convicted on it was the same it was concurrent, it was the same judge but different wording

Host:

One minute, exporting , you didn’t really exporting anything , did you?

Shahrzad:

No , what did we export ?and you know what is the most ridicules part of it when you go back to the prosecution of mine ,, come on the one night vision goggle has been exported legally by certificate of, by certificate from US government to Austria ,when, Alex , of course it was a set up court, then we went to the trail they said” oh ok this is not the problem and because we knew we are setting you up but I was like for instance even though if my ex got this ,till Austria you have informed him that it was legal , you bail it out legally

Host:

Let’s return to the prison ,I want to know the condition because that was very painful part , I mean what you are telling us previously , it seems so harsh and un believable and just imagine that the situation you went through and the feeling that you have the most of sensations that you have and imagine your family waiting for you and all these un injustice that was happening to you but really the conditions as well as a person who was inside you had a very special position you are perspective of inside of US prisons that which not many people have , but these not from Iran, what happened in that sense

Shahrzad:

Well there are a different things that we can talk about for instance we can go to the sanitation of that prison and the way of building the cells and these were look like then we have, the inmates life right ? a lot of things that happening between the inmates life then we have the attitude of the staff member with inmates , so let me start with the condition for instance of these prisons, FTC Miami, Federal Detention Center of Miami was a place , I mean they would just clean it up by the time that we had the inspection because once a year and twice a year every federal prison in United States they have inspections from the original office and the other one from central office so whenever the inspection team are coming they forced the inmates to wax the floor ,paint the walls ,clean up the dust and just make one unit because when the inspection comes the unit show it and that’s it just this not anyone else and there in FTC Miami it was very dirty you know unless we had the inspection

Host:

So how many times of a year of do you have?

Shahrzad:

I was 18 months held in FTC Miami we had three inspections which every single inspections that I had I walked out because they come through a unit and because it was a female unit they makes the female clean up because the male doesn’t do that o they were lose their reputation because the male are standing and they were like “ we don’t clean it up let them come and see how they are treating us but female in prison they were so scared to go to the shoe , especial housing unit it is just the worst condition that the things I am telling you

Host:

The worst that you are living through

Shahrzad:

Yeah very worst than that

Host:

And you were saying that it was supped to be the best prison in the Miami right?

Shahrzad:

They said there is a VIP treatment , I am telling you when I was in FTC Miami during the course of my trail when they took me to the coiny jail I was feeling this FTC Miami was a five-star hotel ,I mean in their couny jails ,over floated toilets , this is what had done to myself , one inmates has blocked the toilet she has just done her thing and just block the toilet then the water was over floated all over right? It was coming from the second

Host:

We can’t imagine, how to believe it

Shahrzad:

These are what I lived through , I was telling you the floated toilet , they gave me a mattress because in each cell there was just a table that one inmate can go and sleep on it , they gave me a mattress like this , we were five inmates in a very tiny cell that when I got into the cell ,everybody, the floor filled with this dirty water of the toilet so they all put they mattresses next to each other and were two film were one mattress of course and when I walked in to the cell that they put me with a mattress I had no place that I was sleeping here , the toilet was here I would be there , my head was here , going around the toilet like that , this is what they have done during the course of my trail while I was representing myself

Host:

And you didn’t convicted yet

Shahrzad:

No , I was not even convicted yet after I got convicted I got back there they transferred me to another prison because once you got convicted from federal detention center they sent you to all over prisons n different places I would tell you about the medical part of this FTC Miami, they pulled out my wisdom tooth and then they left one part of this in it for three weeks I had the infection here ,my face was swelling like this from the pain the only one who had help me , do you know who? the inmates they had inmates surviving the inmates they had made a surgery I don’t even want to remember how they have tortured other inmates I mean the way they were doing , the girl had cancer surgery , right? They took her to the hospital, did cancer surgery they just did the surgery ,they didn’t keep her for at least five days in the hospital after two days they brought her back to the prison then she got infection ,this was an American inmate charged with money laundry, an American inmate , not Iranian , their own nation right?

Then they had it ….she got to the worst thing that I don’t know, I don’t know even she is alive or no or we had this pregnant woman when they wanted to give birth , you know how pregnant woman give birth in American prison ?

Host:

I can’t imagine

Shahrzad:

You can’t imagine but let you tell something , because there was a Jewish lady next door to my cell , of course at the beginning al the inmates have all against me calling me terrorist and a lot of things will get into to that but I was acting like a human with everybody if they needed something I would do so they like me and they started respecting me since their learn that I am fighting my case and I have represented myself and for instance they were telling you when the inspection were coming through I always stood up because you to just stand like this with your cart , your number, no you have to stand up at the door and your cart on your shoulder and remain silent just looked at the floor , right? my number my yeah this was my number , I mean you would have it just here with those green or khaki cloths and then just stand up , we were not allowed to talk if the inspection would come and we talk we would end up to the shoe so what happened every time they came I walked one step ahead and said “ excuse me is this the inspection team would like to inform you just play back the security cameras that is all right?

Playback the security camera you would see , this place which is shining fro you right now

Host:

So you stood up for everyone else somehow, well, defending the others right

Shahrzad:

Exactly it was not bearable , it was not something as a human you would be like , and every time I was talking ,,,,the first time that the inspection team came , we had a unit manager , we had a consoler and we had a case manager and what ‘s so ever, right ? so the first time that they came, the inspection team came and they were walking through and I stood up all the inmates were like “ Hiiim “

Host:

They thought that something horrible is going to happen

Shahrzad:

Yeah , they said she would end up to the shoe and then when they just step out , these are recorded in their own security cameras, when they stepped out the unit manager and the consoler were came to my cell they were like” Gholikhan!’

I was like “ yes “ she said “ come here!” I came upstairs and I said “ Am I supposed to go to the shoe? I would go for then and you will make sure that my children would add this one on their website too” because there was no way to just let the world know what’s I am going and nobody knew me and nobody wanted to help me or hear me so my children have made a website whenever I make a phone call I report , right ?

Host:

So you were documenting everything ..

Shahrzad:

Everything has been documented in my telephone records in their own systems in their security cameras , in their own system, it is not mine, I had no hands in alter anything or what ‘s so ever ,and if they want to play one part , you know , they have to play the whole thing, they cannot come and for instance they say “ if she says the prison condition is awful no we have her here walking well and laughing or chatting with other inmates” because I would be like ok” then bring in this date when i was sitting on the wheel chair for two weeks and what you have done to me, right? You cannot come and say we have part of the security camera , one part is missing anyway , then which part of it

Host:

You were talking about the fact that you were presenting your case to the inspectors

Shahrzad:

Yeah ,the lady came and she was like” what do you want?”

I said “ nothing , I want cleaning liquids to we would be able to use it always not just for the inspections, you know I want you to remove all the cockroaches from here and spray the place that for God sake when I am sleeping on the bed in Federal Prison of United States a cockroach wouldn’t through my face, I mean the small cockroaches not the big one but still it is nasty I mean you wake up and just see a cockroaches

Host:

Because you are not used to that m you were a business woman and very comfortable and rich person

Shahrzad:

First of all it was not used to that second when you are in United State you don’t expect things

Host:

I mean you had this treating what about these American inmates and the other nationalities as well inside this prison what do they think m how do they consider the conditions?

Shahrzad:

Awful, everybody , the inmates were getting sick, you know the one they had a asthma for instance with these molts they couldn’t breathe , they couldn’t do anything , the medical wouldn’t care at all

Host:

There were no medications?

Shahrzad:

There were medications but unless your condition is not too bad that you are dying, they wouldn’t do anything

Host:

So you had to be dying for them to do something for you

Shahrzad:

Yeah ,you have to be in really something , you know one step away from death that they would give you some kind of medical , or they would cares , by name they have everything there ,they have a medical center but you go and see you are having infection all over they wouldn’t keep you isolated they just leave you in a unit , right ?

Host:

When you catch the disease

Shahrzad:

Everybody would catch the disease ,we had inmates which HIV, Hepatitis B ,Hepatitis C and all sort of sexual disease you know that you might imagine , imagine the inmates are two and two in one cell they were sharing the same toilet and there was no cleaning liquid , nothing , sanitization or anything just for the inspection time they do have it and they just go and spreading the disease what happened was since then was that they were going to give me a little bit of this sanitization

Host:

Maybe they gain something by speaking up?

Shahrzad:

Every prison that I went, there were at least 500 other inmates once they see me and hear what I am saying right now, They would come , they would testify and they we be like “ we appreciate her efforts because things has been changes a bit “

I was telling you about the pregnant ladies, the pregnant ladies they would take them to the hospital, they way they give natural birth to their children is with chains on their feeds , on their hands giving birth, not seeing their children after two hours they are brought back to the prison

Host:

What was a crime that this person has committed?

Shahrzad:

I was telling you about Jewish lady , she was a lawyer and they cut her with some kind of drugs

Host:

Like she was using drug or she was selling drugs

Shahrzad:

I think she sold some drugs, something like that ..

Host:

So she was pregnant she was having a baby and she was in chain

Shahrzad:

Yeah , another pregnant lady , she had some sort of mental diseases, she was mentally sick ,they would spate mental people from the normal people, I mean a lady would come and excuse me ! do number two and put it on the door of your cell and you jus t go open the door and imagine your hands is like…

Host:

No I can’t imagine

Shahrzad:

You can’t imagine

Host:

It sounds that is humor but it is not at all humors

Shahrzad:

It is not humor but you are not panicking ,you don’t know what to do, this is what had happened in their own security cameras , the lady has put this on the door and the lock of the door , you know she just open it up and her hands were just dirty , nasty and what happened at the end ?nothing I was telling them go and

Host:

There was no cleaning …

Shahrzad:

No they cleaned it but I am telling how they punished the person who has done so ,right? What do they do ?nothing , I went there and I said “ you have to play back the security camera , you can see ,there is two option either the security cameras is just a show to make the inmates being scared and you are not recording anything or if there is an evidence that you has done it , you have to take that person away ,how about if she is sick , you never know , so we have this pregnant lady with this mental sickness right? She was pregnant, I saw it by my own eyes how the officers beat her she was 8 months pregnant , they pushed her on the floor right ?hand cuff her to the stairs how they came and they put her on chain and took her out , this was the American one.

Host:

This was really probably one of the things we shocked really as well let say this was one the shocking things that you gonna keep telling us in the next episode

Shahrzad:

Sure

Host:

Thanks anyway for giving your memories , your memories , your memories also given us lesson of life and certainly the images that we cannot expect maybe from many people , maybe around the world they hardly can imagine what happened inside US prison center

Shahrzad:

Sure , they just see the outside

Host:

Stay for us for the next episode and we know more about the detention centers and the conditions that Shahrzad had to live through

Shahrzad:

Your welcome , seriously , but the ladies I am telling you .

Host:

8 months pregnant lady

Shahrzad:

Yeah , she was 8 months , but they way they beat her on the floor and I was like “ For God sake , two human beings ”I mean through numbers most probably the coming one

Host:

Just thinking of it really just thinking of those woman ,those men as well probably many men who were not really criminals , they were really innocent people .

Shahrzad:

If they are the criminals inside the prisons, right? it is not right t do with the baby , I mean you are hurting

Host:

What happened with the babies?

Shahrzad:

The baby should be know 4-5 years old

Host:

Would they stay with their own mothers?

Shahrzad:

No, they keep away the baby and she cannot even breast with them

Host:

Ok thank you .

Part 6:

Memories of the witness part 6:

Narration:

Shahrzad Mirgholikhan who was deprived of her freedom from the age of 29 to 34 by the US government on bogus charges is a successful Iranian national and a mother of two. She has told us her story and all those years that she was kept away from the lives of her twin daughters.

After the whole ordeal of her delayed trials, Shahrzad is convicted on three counts and is given time behind bars.

She was basically charged with exporting defense articles into Iran.

Behind the walls of prisons, she is just a number and is treated not as a person.

Shahrzad:

we don’t care who you are. What is your number? so I was number 80152-004, this is what I was

.

Narration:

To this day she suffers from back ache due to the torture and medical treatment that she received inside the US prison.

Shahrzad:

My disc has been damaged ,L4 and L5 which till now I am suffering from that and might need the surgery

Narration:

The poor hygiene of the prison environment and the filth the inmates had to deal with day to day had caused them many diseases . Shahrzad was no exception to this. She witnessed expectant mothers who delivered their babies while doing time had the worst experience.

Shahrzad:

They would take them to the hospital, they way they give natural birth to their children is with chains on their feeds , on their hands giving birth, not seeing their children after two hours they are brought back to the prison.

Host:

So Shahrzad you were talking about the conditions inside the prison and special though the treatment they hand against these woman , specially the pregnant woman and they way that they were thrown on the floor and treated in such a way , what are the souvenirs you have about the way they were treating

Shahrzad:

Yeah let you for instance an example of my own medical which I have a record for , they transferred me , based on error , it was the error based transfer ,from FTC Miami to another transfer center in Georgia, right?

They always transferred you with chains and shackles because the was a procedure by default, so we went there the time that they put me in the holding cell, a place 120 times worse than the FTC Miami , they put me on the top bunk and when I wanted to come down, I fell because the stars was like this , the cell exactly was like this , two beds like this ,two bunks I mean bottom bunk and top bunk are there , a little toilet and so there is no way that you move it when I wanted to come down I fell from the stairs , so I rang the emergency , there was an emergency button in the cells , the officer has come and I said “ excuse me , I just fell down , I feel I am burning and I cannot move “ she said “ we don’t have any medical till morning , right a letter , we will send it to the medical “

I said” you have to send a request a sick call”

A sickcall when you are sick

Host:

And no one else was helping you?

Shahrzad:

No there was another inmate with me , they lady could do , what could she do?, so i went there at five o clock in the morning they came and they woke me up and I said “ thank God” because I couldn’t get up the floor I just put a linen the blanket that they call it blanket ,I put it on the floor so I slept on the floor , my roommate was asking me to go on her bed but I was like “ No because I would afraid I would get something from her hair

Host:

So then you hurt your back

Shahrzad:

Yeah at 5 in the morning they came , they took me and they put me on the holding cell I said “ wait here my head , I was dying from headache, three ours I was sitting there till 8 in the morning I was begging them to give me just one pain killer , I am dying, I have too much pain in my back my head was like that , I am twisted and they were like “ just remain silent “ ignore me right?

Then they US marshals came and they took me and they put me in the chain again , they put me in the bus they drove me down from Georgia,. 11 hours with my broken back to FTC Miami

Host:

To do what ?

Shahrzad:

There was an error , this transfer was an error , the whole transfer was the way that they would torture me , you know , they wanted just to do something

Host:

They were to force you probably to participate or cooperate with them

Shahrzad:

Exactly this is what they were doing , right? After I got convicted and it was finished so it was a way, when I got there in FTC Miami ,again Miss William ,the lady, she came I couldn’t walk

Host :

The lady was you lawyer?

Shahrzad:

No the first time she received me , she was one of the descent one within the officers , she was ok somehow .

Host:

So they took you to …

Shahrzad:

During the way we were about to have an accident with all these chains again I felt in the bus I was the only one inmate in the whole bus ,they just transferred me with one bus and in the bus there is toilet , if you want to use the restroom you have to go to the back side of the bus ,right? In front of all other inmates do whatever you want to do and then come back and sit, without washing yourself . cleaning yourself or anything , nothing , nasty .

Then we arrived there , when we went to eth room I said I have so much back pain and again they gave me a top bunk that I should go and go upstairs , I beg that I can’t they said “ Gholikhan ! tomorrow morning we have to room available with the bottom bunk, the next morning the lieutenant came and I explained to them , they didn’t move my bed, they didn’t send me to medical , I couldn’t breath out of pain “ the inmates gave me some painkiller , then at the end I went I asked my roommate to put my mattress from the top bunk on the floor , I would be there , I said “ this is a way that I was in the shoe”

and my family can do something for me , I can’t go on with the pain and at the end they …

Host:

Did you think of dying ?

Shahrzad:

I mean 100 times when I was in prison I felt I am dying, I was like this is the last… how many I was going to survive with my tooth , with my back pain , with the dirtiness , with the acne that I got with a breathing problem that I had, I was always like……. with my breast ,all the problems that i had I was like “ I am dying in the prison “ it was something that you would think you would die ,you would feel that they would kill you because the way that they stand up this is the one that they do in the prison , they said she is crazy , then they would take her to the shoe or him because it happened to him in FTC Miami and after that they said he had committed suicide , he was dead

Host:

Because he is to … defend they killed him

Shahrzad:

He is crazy and he committed suicide

Host:

And you were afraid of that too

Shahrzad:

Yeah , I was afraid of that too and then I am afraid from other inmates too

Host:

They have threaten you?

Shahrzad:

Yeah it happened that they have threaten me , one time that the officer do anything, but I would tell you just my back because till know I was suffering from now, then they changed my room to another room that they gave me the bottom bunk , we had this big bed lockers that we would put our properties inside , it was heavy , so it was the one that was there , it was too dirty I mean with everything blood what so ever you think because inmates were really nasty, they have HIV, they got nose bleeding or cut themselves , they just go and wash ,they just put it like that on the surface of the things .

Then one of the inmates came to help me out eh clean up this that she would put my property then the lieutenant came and I was out of bound if another inmate other than the two that were designated to that cell were there , they should have gone to the shoe , she asked her to come and said “ what are you doing in hell room ?” she said” I am cleaning up she has a back pain” she said “ no you clean it” I said “ excuse me I can’t clean it you know I can’t “

She said “ stand up” she took me stand up she said “ take it now” direct order , she forced me with my back pain that they didn’t get medical to hold the locker , she said” there is a clean one downstairs go and put it in that room bring that one upstairs ”she forced me to take a locker with my broken back

Host:

And they knew that you have pain

Shahrzad:

They knew bad pain I just moved my cell because I couldn’t go to the top bunk m, but they didn’t give me medical , for 11 days I was dying in back pain, right? They wouldn’t take me to medical , they took me for pregnancy test , they said” you have come with the bus, you have transferred , first we have to make sure that you are not pregnant” I was like “ for God sake I came with your own staff member even through if I would be pregnant it is a result of rape”

Host:

Is it something that did to everyone or it was doing it only for you

Shahrzad:

I believe it was only for me , when I wrote them up , they wrote the respond for everybody ,but I don’t believe it was like that , during my stay I just saw it happened to me, long story short, after 13 days they took me to the medical , they took the X-ray and they were like” oh are you in so much pain , seems your discs are hurt , you have this problem and that problem , we will give you the injection to reduce the pain .

Host:

After how many days?

Shahrzad:

14 days

Host:

So 14days you with pain

Shahrzad:

Pain, I mean burning

Host:

And, no way to treat yourself?

Shahrzad:

No, nothing m, when I came for instance in FCI Danbury , Federal Correction of Institution, the building was different we had a yard , we can go outside , there are more things in this facilities , in this Federal Institution when went there for instance , you have to work ,after you got convicted it is mandatory, you have to work , I was cleaning the yard, you know sweeping the floor which I have never done it I my own house so in United States of America I was cleaning up the dirt after a lot of criminals and then shoveling the snow for which they had forced me to do that and again my back had a problem two full weeks i was on the wheelchair because I couldn’t walk any longer , then after all they assigned me for another job in the chapel so the other thing , when I was in FCI Danbury the first thing that you should do is shower , I walked in the shower right? And all females are there, and a lot of nasty things , it is the house of homosexuality

Host:

Only females around you? didn’t you any male inmates?

Shahrzad:

Male inmates when we were in FTC Miami but not in close contact except in the car , I have seen it even in the car with chain what could happen, you cannot ever imagine , I mean , you cannot ever imagine , any way we went there I went to the shower when I walked in I saw all the floor was black I starts screaming I thought if the water is black or something and I saw these black things are moving what was it ? worms !!! black little tiny worms where what we had to shower in FCI Danbury, and guess what from the ceiling of the shower we have this black and green mud and when it gets humid , ceiling the drops the combination of the black and green mud on the ceiling coming down on top of your head when you are showering and you are showering on top of worms

Host:

you know what you telling me it is just feels that you are talking about a horror movie,

Shahrzad:

It is making a horror movie

Host:

It seems that like some Hollywood films like something that you cannot imagine , some French people which sitting and watching , it is just a film but you were actually living it

Shahrzad:

No I was living it and it was only me , it is not something that they would hear it about me , if I start up to do my face book right know and start writing that and get connected to those who has lived with me in the prison and you know the good thing, there were multinational , from everywhere , right?

Host:

Different nationality

Shahrzad:

So they get to go and we just chat about it , do remember this and they explain more,the world would understand , it is not a movie.

Anyway , the shower ,for instance I found a solution , you know when you are sanctioned or under too much pressure and your hands are tight , the amount of your creativity would go high, this is a positive thing.

Host:

You are a creative person?

Shahrzad:

Yeah and I was a good leader in the prison why ? I mean it was to sanity and this kind of things right? Because for instance or the shower as much as I requested the staff member nothing happened , for the worms I paid 5 dollar to an inmate to collect the sample of this worms , put it in the plastic with a legal mail I sent it to the Iranian Interest Section and say that ok “ you have this sample , maybe in the future the scientist could find out

Host:

You were a fighter , you were actually areal fighter and someone who is defending the right of other inmates as well , I mean you were fighting for liberties as human

Shahrzad:

As human mean , and know I am a bit busy , I would get started for all of them two because there are a lot of innocent ladies between these inmates , I mean the innocent

Host:

Have you ever taught with any of them ?

Shahrzad:

Yea I taught them about Islam, I mean the Islam that I taught them was just like read the holly Quran and ……

Host:

And actually the question of the religion is interesting as well , how did you manage spiritually to defend yourself, how did you mange to control your anger

Shahrzad:

You know a lot of things happens to me when I was in prison that I knew nobody could have save you except God , right?

So I had a very close relationship with the Lord so I believe fate helps me a lot and just keep my hopes on the Lord first because I knew what I was doing is going to make change maybe not in the short term but in a long term ,there is something , everything happen for a reason , if I have gone through this experience it has been planned for me , so I should have seen all of that , that you never know , you never know what future might being out maybe

Host:

So you felt you are in a mission, you felt that there is something that you should have done , you should keep going

Shahrzad:

I was sure I am in a mission, I mean it was just something that I have to document everything, I have to do that because it is going to be continued .

Host:

what about the other prisoners I mean

shahrzad:

let me talk about the homo sexuality for instance one of the things that really tortures you at the prison is this homosexuality act , I mean you are living within the people that I would say we had two kind of homosexuality right? they call it in the prison , let me just use some of the slang language of prison it is not appropriate but these are the things that they teach you in United States of America we have gay for stay and we have a natural gay , these are the rules between the homosexuals in prisons , right?

Gay for stay is the one who has not been gay , she didn’t have fanatical report and she needs some foods and some money, some cloths something so it is like a prostitution like in the outside world the female go for her need and she doesn’t want to be a prostitution but the circumstances she forced to, that is one type and then we had this natural one I mean they are born to be a gay for instance when I was there, there were too many gay people walking around me and requesting.

one time I was almost about to rape, not rape but close to ,then this homosexual people , they do their action in front of everybody , except the officers so imagine I was sitting on this bed , doing my prayers ,in front of me in FCI Danbury it was a cubical area , little cubes , open areas you can see the other one and in front of me while I was praying two ladies are doing disgusting things that you just want to puke , it is torture and imagine we had inmates there they didn’t want to be gay , they didn’t have money , the girls were waiting out of her bed for homosexual you know they would just come and they would go to the TV room , the ladies didn’t have any place, one come from one unit ,the other one come from other unit they have their sex ,and some other inmates

Host:

There was no opposition ?there is no one to condemning that or stopping that for acting like that ?

shahrzad:

you know what is the police ?i mean the staff member respond to you? there are two things that I heard over thousand times , unless we won’t see we can’t catch , I even wrote these too…

then they were like” don’t you know , you are in prison ?what are you expecting ?” or when I was in FTC Miami I was on my bed we had one inspection coming I eyewitnesses that female inmate with go through the channel , pump channels ,they had sex with males inmates in this channels, one inmate got pregnant from another Federal Inmate in FTC Miami , we walked together to the court room s he got time served and released because she got pregnant the man was convicted and charged of wit some other things and guess what ?

all type of this cases are under seal in US justice system ,they never would let anybody know anything when I was in FCI Danbury the staff member with the inmates ,they lock the staff member, and they got time reduced .

Host:

I want to go back to the this point that when you are arrived as a terrorist how did you mange to kind of connect with these inmates and defend rights? Human rights inside the prison ? how dodo religion help you ? did you find? This is something that other inmates will also working on I mean with a people actually want to find a way and a kind of spiritual path to get out of prison or?

Shahrzad:

yes there is something about eth prison that a lot of people don’t know God and it depends if you know God before you get in the prison and while you are in prison and while you are in prison and after you are out of prison you are ok there is no problem but there are just some inmates that when they get in trouble they know God right?

Like outside world, when they get in trouble they know God , let me read a little bit if we have time

Host:

let me complete your thought just about what you have to say , if you like , we would like to continue this discussion and go beyond what you lived inside the prison ,,the other steps you took manage to get out , spiritual side , the legal side the family side all these aspects so if just you stay with us for the next Episode we will continue for more of this incredible events that happens in Shahrzad’s life .

Part 7:

Memories of witness part 7:

Narration:

Shahrzad Mirgholikhan, a 36 year old mother of two, has gone through the American injustice system by being imprisoned in a US federal prison for 5 years. She is now back in her homeland with haunting memories and few unwanted souvenirs which are still with her to this day.

She is still suffering from severe back pain from the discus injury she received while in US custody and the following utter negligence for providing her with medical care. She fell while descending her bunk bed and her pleas for immediate medical attention fell on deaf ears.

Shahrzad:

I said” excuse me ,i fell down , I fell I am burning I cannot move “ she said “ we don’t have any medical till write a letter tomorrow we will send it to medical , I was begging them to give me just one painkiller

Narration:

All during her imprisonment she had suffering from numerous health issues . This is besides to the point that she constantly felt threatened as she could not see the injustice and keep quite.

Shahrzad:

you would feel that they would kill you because the way you stand up and they way that theu do it in the prison , She is crazy .

Narration:

She was threatened by some of the more violent inmates as well. Another thing she had difficulty to wrap her head around was the rampant homosexuality inside the US prisons and there were times she felt insecure and threatened.

Shahrzad:

in front of me while I was praying two ladies are doing disgusting things that you just want to puke

Narration:

Through all this, she never lost her faith and even make it very stronger

Shahrzad:

I believe fate helps me a lot

Narration:

She felt like a missionary who had to witness and record all this.

Shahrzad:

everything happen for a reason , if I have gone through this experience it has been planned for me

Host:

Shahrzad for 5 years you are eye witnessed the conditions inside the US Federal Prison, terrible documentations that you told us all long n these episodes m how did you manage , how did you bear terrible events that happen during these five years ?

Shahrzad:

Well ,first of all about the fate and believing and trusting on the Lord and I mean I worshipping and accepting that he is the God and I had only for a three and half years at beginning I had a lord I had my mother I had my father I had Melika & Melina , my daughters , these are the only people who has helped me a lot ,I would say still that if my dad and my mum were not there to support me financially emotionally , mentally and what so ever you need them I have been dead many time s I couldn’t survive even though you have fate still you need some kind of human kind of support you know spiritually you would go high but still you are a human being here that you need spiritual connection too

Host:

you had also some support on social media ,there was a campaign to free you

Shahrzad:

Yeah sure I am telling you at the beginning my mum, because when they were asking the media to come and cover it they didn’t know where to contact, my family I didn’t know and they were just too busy just to support me in financial terms and taking care of my children and they have lost their mother, they were just 10 years old , they got sick and they were a lot of responsibility for my mother and my father and they really didn’t think that they have to go the media and hear about the friend media, they were too busy that like , we don’t care about anything like now except our child would be back alive with her children then after three years and half the conditions were horrible that I felt really threatened in prison

Host:

you were threatened

Shahrzad:

Yeah I was

Host:

by other inmates or

Shahrzad:

Yeah by other inmates then what happened was once I called my father and he said somebody has contacted us from Press TV, by then I had no idea what is Press TV because It was 2007 that I have left Iran and Press TV was just born then , I didn’t know , I said “ what is Press TV?”and he was like “ this is an Iranian English news Channel that they have contacted us and show the reality shoes and they just put you in the media and they are going to start a campaign for you to get you out of prison ,It was exactly by the time of Sara Shourde and fighters for her m, by those duration for instance Press TV has come , my children have come here for interviews and then they gave her a letter to give Obama which she said she would do that

Host:

did she?

Shahrzad:

Of course not upon the return of Sara Shourd I was put in shoe innocently ,the special place ,horrible place that they would give you the second hand underwear I mean the shoe is something nobody wants even remember , they were forced to wear second hand underwear and the used one , the inmates that they were in US Federal prisons many of them had health diseases , it is filled in with all kinds of disease then put them in theses condition sharing their cloths having all of that remember something one day sooner or later these are different nationalities they would be release from prison either they would stay in united States of America or if they are other nationalities and they go back to their homelands ,they are catching the disease they are spreading all diseases all around the world, al coming from America this is what I experienced and I said, any way I was saying about the Press TV , when Sara Shourd came they put me in shoe they get my legal documents .

Host:

when Sara shourd came, she was liberated from Iran ?so when she went to see your family they sent you to the shoe?

Shahrzad:

When Sara shourd was freed from Iran she was bailed out and she went to Oman and from Oman … when she arrived to United States the day after I was taken to the shoe so this is what had happened

Host:

so it is changed to what the Iranian government had done, they took you to the shoe?

Shahrzad:

Yeah, took over all my legal paperwork’s , the documentation to see what I was writing for instance the way I survived it was having financially support , have assisted me just to start, first start fighting my case so all the time either I ws studying law cases not very much because It is not something that you waste time on ,but I was writing a lot of letters to 187 embassies in United States , telling them some religious matter ,m , telling them the political issues and what ‘s so ever and having them somebody stand up and support me as a innocent human person don’t be scared of the State of America

Host:

Did anyone help? or any one responses?

Shahrzad:

No response I mean I wrote 187 countries that these are received ,these are documented ,no my letters were assigned to president , supreme leader , court, whomever that have a top ,the top people of the , the higher authority of the country via ambassador of that embassy , I have eye witnessed that there is no justice , it is not for me , not only for me , for many of human beings that I would call them nations , all the nations ,when you go there you would find out that “yeah the justice is just a word I mean somebody has to do something you cannot just say this

Host:

and you did a lot

Shahrzad:

I have done it because I knew what I was going to do , I know ,that by the time I was prison, you have lot of time I wrote long letters but I knew all the long letters that I was writing was just writing to important sentences that not even here, here were are die everything is finish because I don’t want even to look back forward that happened but I believe , there is a here after, if you denied me here if you said that ok , you were …I mean in this world

Host:

If they denied you in this world

Shahrzad:

How are you going to deny me in here after ? how would you say that these letters we have sent you , you are got it and you just trashed them because I would bring in those sentences that I knew inside it and I would be like” didn’t I write you? Didn’t I tell you? How come?”

Host:

You were supposed to sent a massage , you were sending a massage of justice and …

Shahrzad:

A massage of human rights and not only for me, for all the nations, I do not kill for the nationalities at the end of the day I am Iranian, Sara is American , I don’t know there is an African Lady there is an Asian lady or for what’s so ever if we cut us we have the same blood color we are all human beings right? Justice should apply for all human being

Host :

How would you say the defended of Press TV and? How did they changed ?

Shahrzad:

For the three and half years at the beginning, my children were running the website and what’s so ever I had just 300 minutes of phone call during a month

Host :

And then you should give the report? the continuous report of what had happened ?

Shahrzad:

Exactly , they put them in the website I had I think like a million visitor ,something like that per day , their website is good ,then when Press TV came , the conditions was awful i couldn’t survive any longer in that prison and you know spiritually there was too much pressure and then the threats , the dirty , the atmosphere and all of that , I talked with my father and he told me ok “ this is Press TV and they ask that you can have a live interview with Press TV’

For me was like” ok first let me go and ask ,go through the chain of comments and get a permission and they wouldn’t come and say you have violated something “

I went to our unit manager and I told her “ I am going to have a live interview with Press TV and I need your approval please right?

I went to her office she looked at me and she said “what do you want? Gholikhan , again , you?? What do you want?”

I was like “ nothing , this time i want something different because a media is involved and I want to have a live interview with Press TV “ she was like” what is Press TV ?”I said “ It is the Iranian- based 24 English news channel” and she was like” what is Iranian that Iranian channel would be ? go and do it , why are you here?”

I just looked at her and I said ”I need your written permission “

She said” get out of my , do .. do hundreds of these interviews ,who cares ? get out “

I was like” ok “ I came and I told my father “ ok” e set up the time and for me was because I knew they were recording all my phone calls I knew of course the SIS, this security staff member of the prison would know that and I informed the person in charged that I should have .

I had a interview with Press TV , I cut off the phone, it was finished , and next time I went and I secured myself I asked for safety and I went to shoe

Host:

This threats that you mentioned ,what kinds of threat there were ?

Shahrzad:

For instance they had thrown the …, they got into the fight , because when there were fights…

Host:

Between inmates?

Shahrzad:

They throw something from the second floor to the bottom floor ,right? and she got really hurt and because I picked the phone to call the police … any time that fight would happening I have just jumped on the phone and code the staff member ,it is human being live I don’t care just come and save them….

Host:

So when you were reporting the happenings would happen inside the prison they threaten you ?

Shahrzad:

Yeah the inmates of course threatened , they hate police , the criminals, the real murders because these are people in the …they hate police by I was raised in a way that anything happens report to police , if you feel that something is wrong report the police, this two different mentality , culture, I was like “ something is happening I should call the police

Host:

That is what would think of American doing so but you are mentioning that they used to not call the police

Shahrzad:

No and the one who call the police was threatened, they said next time we won’t let you make it to the phone, and you won’t come out of the hospital , I was like “ ok”

Any way i went to the shoe I remember, they took me for, …… the lieutenant has come , they put me In chain and all of that tortured , I said I feel threatened and not safe and secure from the warden , from the previous captain and all of them and I need to change my prison , I have to change my prison I can’t stay here, they were like “ ok you can’t do anything , the rest of your time you would be in the shoe, I was like “ ok “ Press TV was there , I already talked with Press TV, my family were falling up m, they established a campaign ,they are running a campaign , and I was like “ ok” let’s see , we went there and they guy asked me,” who is Press TV?” I just looked at him and I said “ Why?”

He said “ did you have an interview ? live interview with a channel called Press TV?”

I said” yes” he said” who gave the authority?”I said “ Miss. Thouworthy , the one who should have , bring her here ,he was like “ do you have …” he had all the papers on the table from the Switzerland , because Press TV what they have done, then the government of Iran called for the Switzerland authorities and they had informed the Americans, that “hey look this is not the way “

Host:

You mean that some diplomatic movement was behind the scene and reach know actually …

Shahrzad:

Yeah I got to know all of them and I was like”ok “ I am sitting in the shoe and after 21 days

Host:

You were in the Shoe because you have interview with Press TV?

Shahrzad:

No they couldn’t punish me the lady already authorized me , they were shocked that I was leaking outside ,he was like “ do you know what you said over this phone?”

Host:

How long did you speak?

Shahrzad:

15 minutes, and I put everything , I was talking about that they put me in the shoe and because I had 15 minutes I should have been…..

Host:

You want to say everything as fast as you could

Shahrzad:

Because I thought it is an only chance that I have and either I can do it or I just lose it ,it was a way to get out of there ,then the result of that was that they transferred me from that prison to another prison and I went to FCI Minnesota , before I get there, before I arrived there , everybody knew Gholikhan instead of inmate number 8….004

Instead of knowing my numbers and they were like “ whatever you need here ,you can do that , just sign the paper here , you are not allowed to contact any media “ so what I would do ? I was like ok, can I inform my mother about the facts ?and If they informed to media it is not on me “

They were like “ well yeah, so I got on the media “ three months prior my release , I mean my parents then , when they wanted to set free the two other hackers from Iran , it was time after 4 years finally , US government granted visa for my family and they came over, my mother , my sister, my children

Host:

So it was at the same time as the Americans were in Iran , they were free , they were librated

Shahrzad:

It Was the most tortured time for our entire family because I was sitting in prison , first of all they denied my special visits with my family because they had just Friday , Saturday , Sunday for some times , during a day right? For visiting and I asked for more , because they come from Iran just to visit me , nothing else , they dined that they said “ we don’t have enough staff member “when you go to visiting , of course of course do the strip search is there then remember my , then I remember my family came, my mum , you know she had a struck , she lost half of her face and now after some years she is just recovering , I saw my mum , I can tell you

Host:

It must be very emotional , visiting your parents is well, is someone else is waiting for you

Shahrzad:

When I saw Melika & Melina I was hesitating to go and hug them because they were not those little girls that I left them behind ,they were grown , they were just two beautiful girls and after the ICE was broken you feel just like

“ you have been away from the real world and you have been thrown In a jungle living with all kind of,,,sorry but nobody wants to see this

No one sees this

You feel that you were thrown in a jungle living with many domestic and wild animals that somehow you have to survive and you see the outside life ,you know , then I just flash back in my eye that ok when

Sara and these Americans , I don’t know what happened in Iran , but the family came I remember I was sitting in prison and I was like” Lord even though if there is just, it happened to me right now , I really appreciate it because I really need to see my family

Host:

You have five years wasted of your life, five years of your children

Shahrzad:

My children ,the most that they needed me , my mother ,she was a mother , she was missing her child too , my father also we were so attached and when I t happened it was like “look when they went to Iran they were in Hotel , they were staying with their family but when I hugged my children and we sat on the table and I was just holding their hands and hug them and play with their hairs , the officer called me to step aside ,she said “ you cannot touch the girls., you can’t not sit like that , if you do so we are going to terminate all of your visiting and you cannot see them “

Another type of ,,, you see the girls inside the homosexuality going all around you and they do nothing but when a mother of the four years is seeing her children this is a first attitude actually I got back to unit and the officers learnt not to do so but it was harsh , then my family came back and they were always , my mother , my father, my children have done a lot , I mean they hate cameras as much as I am a media person my children don’t like to be in media field or what’s so ever.

Host :

This was an emotional meeting of your family ,but there is also other supporters you had from many other people , people you didn’t imagine I think

Shahrzad:

This Is what I should tell you , by then when I had an interview with Press TV ,I had no idea that ok the team here has set up meetings , they have done, what they have done, when I came back now, I am like….. you know Lord had my angles working for me, all around the world which i don’t even … till know many people that they have done a lot , and I don’t even know them ,I really would like to know them

Host :

Do you have a massage for them?

Shahrzad:

Of course I really appreciate them with all they have done and one day I would see them all ,and this people ,you know would be united , we can change the world and you know we can bring the peace and justice in the earth

Host :

Lets’ get more about the what happened when you returned to Iran, but for the time being we will continue with Shahrzad’s eyewitness interview and the exceptional events that happened in her five years of life her that she was lost without her children inside US prison

Part 8:

Memories of Witness Part 8:

Shahrzaad:

She had been deceitfully invited and paroled in for governmental business .

She has been falsely prosecuted and imprisoned and never found justice.

She has been abusing physically, mentally and emotionally tortured by US government.

She has been constantly discriminated based on her Iranian nationality and Muslim religion.

She has been used and abused by US government for their political gains against Iran.

All constitutional rights are just some words in their Law Books when it goes to middle Eastern foreigners unless they bow down to their injustice system and agree to cover up the Truth Upon uncovered Co-operation with the government .

This was a short story explanation of how I felt of being a hostage in hands of American government for 5 years of my precious life which I was word it on the paper and filed it as a motion at ICE court exactly a couple of day prior to my release and freedom.

Narration:

Shahrzad Mirgholikhan the Iranian woman who sneaked a look behind the glitzy façade of the American dream witnessed the harrowing reality of the US justice system. For 5 years,she was imprisoned in United States for trump of charges .

Right when things were very bleak for SHahrzad, her father informed her of PRESS TV’s intention to conduct a live interview with her inside the prison.

She did the interview with the PRESS TV and a campaign was launched for her along with the efforts of her family. The ripple effects of her interview.

She files for the warden’s approval. The officer scoffed at the idea and gave her the green light.

The 15 minute interview prompted the Iranian government to take some political action and reach the Swiss diplomats to transfer their message to the Americans.

Her case was now highlighted in the media and her family had found an outlet for their campaign. After 4 years, Shahrzad’s family were granted Visa to finally go to the United States and visit her inside prison.

She saw her Mom who had by then suffered a brain stroke due to pressure and had her face partially dropped

Shahrzad:

I saw my mum, I can tell you …

Narration:

And she saw her twin daughters who had grown significantly since last she had seen them.

Shahrzad:

When I saw Melika & Melina I was hesitating to go and hug them because they were not those little girls…

Host:

Shahrzad, we were finally having some time left , one more year left before you would liberated and all the activities behind the seen as well to free you from those conditions , those horrible condition inside those prisons, in this new prisons in which you entered but after FCI Minnesota

Shahrzad:

FCI Minnesota ,Federal correction of Institution of Minnesota,

Host:

So did anything change beyond what you expected in those, new…

Shahrzad:

Yeah , a lot of things were changed , Minnesota was like a five - star hotel ,I f you compare it with FCI Danbury , at least they would clean it up , at least they was no mud, the showers were clean , it is not clean, old but clean , the cell area was clean the only thing that I was suffered a lot there was that homosexuality I mean the percent of homosexuality was higher here it was prior my release I mean it was March 2012 that Dr. Salem and Mr. Khaled from Oman authority have come to visited me and then this Miss . Honeyne , I don’t call her Miss. Al Mogheyrea, the ambassador of Oman embassy in United States , she has told the staff member that “ you have to take care of her , you have to do that “

I mean since these authorities has come, you have no idea how the attitude of this staff member and everybody has changed , I mean it has been changed a bit , not a bit a lot , by Press TV what they have done but when you compare this they were like “ok” they got t serious , they got to know , ok , if Iran was trying to do something for this woman as an innocent mother , so Iran has something to show asn another company like Oman

Host:

So there is no political relations between Iran and United States

Shahrzad:

Ok Switzerland, there was diplomatic relations between Switzerland, United States and Iran , Switzerland helped Iran for instance , did they do anything ?just to get me transfer…..i got transferred because of Press TV ,, Switzerland saying that she was transferred , we did it for her …

Host:

They liberated the American …

Shahrzad:

No they did not act , they were not just between me and Sara Shourd

Host:

Sometimes it comes to saw that maybe when you were in United States, they told you that you could have immigration , you could have green cart or these things are proposals the gave you , what

Shahrzad:

I never want to do, whatever know about America it is just evil nobody can convinced me the America is a good country , I have seen nothing but evil , there were some good things that you would see between the inmates between the people , I am not talking about the American nationality I am talking about the government and they way that they run the country but for me it wouldn’t happen like that maybe if I would have seen justice in United States maybe if they have been admitted that “ ok we put you innocently “ and for instance apologize for we have done, Right? My point of view would have been changed

Host:

But once you go through this process you reach on the point that you can go back to Iran , so what happens there?

Shahrzad:

What happened was I came to Oman and Oman and Iran arranged it like my mother and my children came to Oman

Host:

Your children were at Oman when you arrive Oman?

Shahrzad:

When I arrived in Oman, I remember when we landed , before we arrive to Masghat , we went with Etehad , they got me ticket and we went by Eteahd airline , we went to Abu Dahbi airport I have met with ambassador of Oman in AbuDahbi , then Dr.Salem and Mr.Khaled were there

Host:

When you came and you got your children finally around in your arms

Shahrzad:

I wish I wouldn’t see those hell, I don’t see those hell behind , you know ,what I see from this photo is just a happiness, finally I made it but guess what?i made it in a way that you know I can teach a lesson to the American government, right?

Host:

This is when you returned from Oman? The first time actually return after you leave prison

Shahrzad:

Yeah , this is night that I arrived in Oman, I saw my mum , I saw the children and we were reunited and the only one I was missed was my father , I was really missing my father , but we arrived to Oman we stayed there for few days just to have rest and I was with my children and my family

Host:

What was the first thing they told you?

Shahrzad:

I beloved you mum, don’t ever go United States again, oh they were like” we won’t let you to travel anymore without us ”I was like “ no we are not going”

I am not going anywhere without you two

Host:

What’s the massage that you would give to the American government , to people and to the world ?

Shahrzad:

To American government i can say “ shame on you” you know shame on you that you are so weak and what you have done to me , you have no power I was asking them to change themselves , the American government to change themselves do not deceive and manipulated other countries and other people m, you know be a good person, of course there are good and bad in al the governments not only America right? But America is the one who was saying “ I am the best , we do everything right, everything we say is correct “ they are just pretending , correct yourself , I mean if somebody is saying that, for instance if I will inform you that something is not good to do and it is not right to do , sometimes in your life you have to accept it , we all made mistake , right?

Correct your mistakes and don’t continue like that , let’s have peace the animosity you don’t go anywhere with was , with what you have done to Iraq ,what you have done to Afghanistan , what you have to in Syria , what you have done to many other countries ,right?

You would get nowhere , you know why? Because you are not God , you have invested tons of billions of dollars of your tax payers nation , you know your own people to just produce weapons, what for?

Killing human beings ?i mean you were saying I was a criminal , you convicted me or you took the victory , you are great nation , great country that you disturb 29 year old Iranian woman , right?

You just throw bombs in million of Afghanistan people , right? Or Iraqi people?

You kill this nationality aside from them you have your own nations, you have your own soldiers

Host:

Own citizens!!!!

Shahrzad:

Their own citizens , they are suffering , my point is that you are just sitting there as if you are God of the world ?and you are just decided ,… who are you to decide for other people’s life? who gave you the authority ? what is war for , I am human beings ,correct your court of justice instead of going to war , you know, be truth , if you do something wrong,, apologize for them ,if it is right ok stand for it and I have this massage for Austrian government , I would say there would be really shameful of what they have done to me also because I was not the one who wrote that verdict , I was not a judge you gave it and how you could stood up in front of America and just protect my violated law ? you knew the truth ,right? And the other thing is if I was a criminal in Austria , right ?if is two cases had nothing to do and it was not double jeopardy my only question till this day is from Austrian Authority is , once I was prosecuted at your own courtroom right? And you were done with my case in Austria , you had an agreement with United States of America , right? If I had a case with a America why didn’t you extradite me America form there ?why would you do that ?

Host:

And if it had a massage to other people like yourself , who are living in injustice , such injustice

Shahrzad:

I was not the only one ,I can say the majority of this earth nowadays some hoe in one way or another they are unjustly treated

Host:

But what would you give as a lesson that you learnt yourself? The most important things that you learnt?

Shahrzad:

Fate, ok? they have to believe on , right?

One single good act with have effect even in this big world, you know one by one can be gathered and a whole things would be changed , this is what I would say , I really hope for peace even Iran and America even for instance they would be like tomorrow ,America would be like “ ok , we know that and we have met that ,we have done so wrong to you , to the country , not only me , because it is not only me there is lots of sanctions which they put on us.

Let me say you something about the sanctions , more sanctions you have ,your creativity goes high for instance you should really appreciate the US government ,they were helping us to improve yourself ,this is what helps us, But I would be like even you get back together I never look for revenge because for what’s so ever you have done for me it is done, I am asking you not to do it to the other inmates , plese bring some changes in your Federal Bureau of prisons as the chief of the Federal Bureau of prisons has wrote it and post it in an article law of Bureau of Minnesota he said “ make a difference and he gave a parable o f the starfish “ you know the guy was just walking close the sea and just throwing the starfish one by one in the sea a wise man comes passed by him and asking what are you doing son? why are you wasting your time? this is what they were saying always In America don’t write that much it goes to nowhere, these letter are just some piece of garbage and the boy looked at the wise man and sad” I am just trying to save this starfish right? And he is like” son! You are tow young and you have to learn the lesson this beach is filled with this starfish ,you cannot save them all” the boy just looked at the wise man and he took one other starfish throw it in the sea and said “ but at least I saved one” this is what he wrote then this is what I wrote to him , the letter and I want the American people to would know that , I told you the story of the starfish I wrote him and the conclusion of the letter is this “ Therefore I well pleased to inform you upon my release I am going to testify to the world about what I have seen under the deceitful pretty cover of the bureau as the way your employees had made me suffer beyond any human right, also as if I have been filing many different complaints with for central office without any response surly I am not expecting to hear anything from you , unless what you do and then I said to him that “ I would talk to the world “

This is my massage to America , you posted something the law library of your prison,. I wrote something on the paper ,certified mail it is in your system what is the content you know when you received it at that time in your own system and I wrote you I will show the world what you have done, a year I mean 15 months past I am freed I am done with what I wrote but did you make any changes in a life of even one starfish ?in your system ?

Host:

What you see your future ?

Shahrzad:

My future I am going to continue and I really like to go and fight for woman’s right ,seriously , because know that there is a lot of violation but when i say fight , I fight for peace making , I don’t like those people getting Nobel price but if politics comes around they are all scared and back off , no I would like to go with smile , happy within these politician and say” hey look it a time to get peace on earth and justice this is my real goal , I really wish to do something “

Host:

What’s your dream for your children?

Shahrzad:

Oh they are going to study next year in university , studying pharmacy and they would e good doctors and I hope that because they are smart ,they can come off with some kind of medicine or something to help cancer survivor more specially the children ,we had this organization in America too that we did a charity for them , for cancers you know take away from disease and save people’s life instead of killing, saving life, this is what I am looking for. At the end I wish the Lord would give me the opportunity that I can appreciate everything, I know it is just a great hope I can’t do it but I want to appreciate every single things that my mother and my father has for me and my children , if they were not there from the very beginning because you know when the politicians and people came it was all efforts that my mum , my dad and my children have done , you know to let them know what’s happening and also appreciate all the efforts I don’t know where in the world with these angels are sitting ,the one that Iran has tried too much , appreciate you all and hope to se them all .

Host:

Thank you so much Shahrzad, your memories as a witness inside the US prison was very useful for all of us and I think that these views also have a lot of reactions as I heard through this few episodes.

   

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