(abc/AP)Hellwig and German photographer Jens Koch — both working for Bild am Sonntag — had entered Iran on tourist visas and were detained in October 2010 after interviewing the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.
Her case had generated widespread international outrage.
The two journalists were freed a year ago after German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle traveled to Tehran for a rare meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, then brought the pair home on his government plane.
Iranian resistance groups later criticized Westerwelle’s Tehran visit as a propaganda victory for the Iranian regime.
Hellwig said that prison guards, in an apparent move to frighten him, took him “to a torture cell to show me what they were using there to torture people.”
“I was beaten. And there were some other things, but I do not want to talk about them,” he said.(MORE)
These silly Germans were shocked… just shocked! What do you think he doesn’t want to talk about? I’m guessing his ass is sore.