Abbas Amir Entezam: The longest-held political prisoner

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Abbas Amir Entezam (1932 – 2018) was deputy prime minister in the Cabinet of Mehdi Bazargan in 1979. Amir Entezam was also the ambassador to Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Iceland later that year. However, ‘revolution eats its children’. The government arrested him and accused him of spying for the United States. However, he denied the charge and many considered it as politically motivated. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1981 and spent more than 38 years in jail or under house arrest. Entezam was the longest-held political prisoner in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He died in 2018 at the age of 85.

In 1981 Abbas Amir Entezam was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of spying for the U.S., a charge which never has been proven. He was “the longest-held political prisoner in the Islamic Republic of Iran”. In the interview, he had with Hossein Dehbashi, historian and director, talks about his experience in prison. He tells a moving story about his sleepers…

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