Exiled Iranian activists on the election anniversary

Like many Iranians, I was politically active both in the run-up to, and after the elections and a warrant was issued for my arrest.

I previously spent two weeks in jail in 2006 while I was being investigated under the charge of insulting the Supreme Leader. So I already had an open dossier at the Revolutionary Court.

One of my friends had already been arrested. And the judge at the Revolutionary Court said he had issued me an eight-year prison sentence, on the previous charges. So after conferring with friends, fleeing Iran was considered as one option. I lived in hiding for a while before deciding to escape.

My main problem was not knowing who to trust to take me across the border. In the end, an opposition group helped me cross the mountainous border between Iran and Iraq, through the Iranian Kurdistan province.

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