Inside a Khomeini Prison

The first-person account of a man marked for death

While Khomeini's Islamic Guards are executing enemies of the regime in the streets, they are also torturing suspected opponents behind prison walls with a ferocity unequaled even by the deposed Shah's notorious SAVAK agents. Many of the prisoners who are being tortured are merely relatives of dissidents sought by the political police. One victim, who is now in hiding in Iran, described his ordeal to TIME

Why am I here?" I asked one of the Islamic Guards who had arrested me in July and brought me to a detention center north of Tehran that...

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