Journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian Was Transferred Back to Prison From Hospital

Member of the Participation Front, journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian was transferred back to Rejaei Shahr prison last night from Shahid Rejaei Hospital, where he had been hospitalized since October 9, 2011.


According to medical reports, Mahmoudian suffered numerous heart attacks and suffered from fluctuating blood pressure during his incarceration. After much delay, he was finally taken to Shahid Rejaei hospital in Tehran on October 9, 2011 for treatment.

Doctors were able to treat his fluctuating blood pressure successfully, however, they warn that chances of heart attacks occurring under the stressful conditions in prison are great.

During his hospital stay, Mahmoudian also successfully went under surgery on his intestines to correct complications he suffered during his hunger strikes.

Upon his transfer back to Rejaei Shahr prison, Mahmoudian was taken to quarantine section. There is no further information on his status since.

Due to poor health condition and a long hospitalization of this political prisoner and human rights activist, a request for medical furlough has been submitted to the Prosecution office, to which no reply has been received as of yet.

Journalist and human rights activist, Mehdi Mahmoudian was arrested and taken to Evin prison on August 17, 2009 during the events and protests to the rigged 2009 presidential election.

Mahmoudian had a significant role in revealing the atrocities that occurred in Kahrizak prison, was transferred from Evin prison to Rejaei Shahr prison in April of 2010. He was later tried and convicted on charges of collusion with intent to act against the national security and was given a 5 year prison sentence.

Before returning to prison from hospital, Mahmoudian wrote a poem for his daughter Zainab:

What a strange feeling I had
Tonight
When I was kissing you
A very strange feeling it was
Perhaps, I won’t be able to see you again
Perhaps, I won’t be able to kiss you again
A very strange feeling it was
As if tonight was the last farewell
A very strange feeling it was
When I left you in the care of your mother
And both of you in the care of God
As though tonight was the last farewell……..

Source: Kaleme

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