Ramin Pourandarjani, a medical doctor who worked at the notorious Kahrizak detention center died under suspicious circumstances at the age of 26 on Tuesday, November 10, according to Iranian media reports. He had been called as a witness before the special committee investigating the abuse and deaths of post-election protesters and had refused to validate the regime’s attempts to whitewash the atrocities. (For a report on Pourandarjani’s death, updated at 12:00 PM GMT, Tuesday, 17 November 2009, go here)
A new video posted on the Internet shows Pourandarjani giving a speech at his medical school’s graduation ceremony last year. His youthful idealism and words of farewell take on a new poignant meaning, given his untimely death. A translation of his speech follows the video.
Rest in peace.