On December 11th, 2008, I was finally allowed to meet with Saeed in Evin prison. At that time, I was told that his interrogation was over. I barely recognized him when I first saw him. He had lost so much weight and he could not stop shaking. It was obvious to me that he was being tortured physically and psychologically. He was in extremely bad condition. He told me that even after he confessed to whatever the interrogators wanted him to confess to, he was told that they will keep him in solitary confinement until everybody forgets about him. When he told them that by law confession under pressure were not admissible in court, they told him: “The judge is one of ours and he will be on our side. We also make your case file very thick, with prints of your emails, and the prints of the web pages, so that the judge would not have the patience to go through them all, and he will just read our brief report.”
On that visit, Saeed insisted that I leave Iran and not come back because, until he knew that I was safe, he did not feel that he would be able to do anything to defend himself. Saeed also asked me to contact the Canadian embassy in Iran to get help, but when I was about to leave the prison, one of the interrogators who was watching us remotely, warned me not do anything stupid, otherwise we would face serious consequences. After my one visit in prison, I received only a two-minute phone call from Saeed; it was a week before my departure at the end of December; and after arriving back in Canada I had no contact with him until August 2009.