Dr. Mehdi Khazali released from prison on his mothers guarantee after seventy days on hunger strike, has sent a message of gratitude to everyone who supported him.
According to reports by Kalameh, Dr. Khazali is now undergoing special care and treatment due to complications resulting from prolonged hunger strike.
In a message from Dr. Khazali to the people he said, “I am sincerely grateful and thank all those who supported me during those seventy days.
Those were the best days of my life. Unforgettable days and Godly nights. The joy of prayers on an empty stomach is otherwise unattainable. Perhaps for years to come, I will regret not being able to perform the Komail Prayers in a solitary confinement, I thank God for every moment spent there.
There I truly understood the meaning of Namaz (the mandatory daily prayers). There I truly understood the meaning of, and recited from the bottom of my heart “You alone we worship, and to You alone we pray for help”.”
Mehdi Khazali, due to his prolonged hunger strike, lost more than 30 kilos (66 lbs) and become so weak that could barely walk without using a cane.
Khazali, an author, blogger and Iran-Iraq war veteran launched a hunger strike protesting his illegal and violent arrest on January 9, 2012.
His arrest by the Intelligence Ministry’s agents involved such violence that Khazali suffered a broken arm, broken teeth and injured leg. His arm was in a cast for three weeks.
During his incarceration his health deteriorated and became dire. He was hospitalized at Taleghani hospital in the CCU section due to heart complication. He was kidnapped from Taleghani hospital in the middle of the night by Intelligence Ministry’s agents and taken to an Intelligence Ministry’s affiliated hospital.
The first 35 days of his incarceration in Evin, Mehdi Khazali was placed in solitary confinement in Ward 209 before being transferred to the General Public Ward 350. The last 15 days of his incarceration he was put back in solitary confinement in Evin Ward 209.
According to witnesses and cellmates, Khazali’s support from his cellmates was to an extent that the Intelligence Ministry’s agents opposed to his stay in the General Ward among other prisoners, and moved him back to solitary confinement.