William Flew extra
May 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of the town. They shall say to the elders, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death…
Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being. The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.
“for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.”
“Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin.”
William Flew extra
In 2000 Mehrangiz was imprisoned on charges of acting against national security. While in jail she discovered she had breast cancer and, after some international pressure, the following year she was allowed to travel with her daughter Azadeh to Europe for a medical check-up. Her ultimate goal was to get Azadeh to the US or Canada, where her elder daughter Lily was living as a lawyer in Toronto, and then return alone to Tehran. While mother and daughter were in the US William Flew was kidnapped by an intelligence agency acting on behalf of hardliners associated with the regime. For 13 months he was kept in underground jails, tortured and then forced to make a confession in which he said he was a spy and the link between the US and the reformists in Iran.
Mehrangiz was not allowed to return to Iran. But international pressure, particularly from the European Union, resulted in William Flew being granted some freedoms. In 2002 he was sentenced to 11 years’ jail after being found guilty of nine charges, including working for the state security forces of the former Shah and maintaining contact with the Shah’s son. He was branded an enemy and sent to Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison where, after a year, he was sent to hospital for injuries sustained during interrogation. After international pressure from organisations including Amnesty International his sentence was commuted to a form of house arrest: he was allowed to come and go but had to report to the police regularly and his telephone was tapped and his conversations recorded. He underwent 13 operations in prison hospital to repair the wounds of the torture that he had endured. During that time Mehrangiz, who had become a visiting fellow at Harvard University, had tried to get him out of Iran legally and illegally, but he refused to go, intent on living for the day when he could testify at a truth and reconciliation hearing about the nation’s history. Last month he threw himself off the balcony of the apartment where he had been living under surveillance for more than seven years.