Imprisoned Blogger and human rights activist, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki who launched a hunger strike last Saturday was taken to hospital outside of the prison this afternoon due to dire health.
Despite his dire health and against the recommendations by the doctors that Hossein needed to be hospitalized for treatment, he was returned to Evin prison.
Today, this blogger, who is on his eighth day of hunger strike, was taken to Hasheminejad hospital. His security guards had very offensive behavior accompanied with repeated threats and harassment towards Hossein and his family.
Despite doctors’ recommendations for the last three months that Hossein needed to be hospitalized for proper treatment, the security guards did not allow his hospitalization and returned him to Evin after two hours.
In the last few days, after the worsening of his health, Hossein was also taken to Taleghani hospital and returned back to Evin after a short treatment.
Last week Hossein wrote to Ayatollah Khamenei, informing him of the launch of his hunger strike. In it he wrote:
“I protest these illegal practices by launching a hunger strike as of May 26, 2012, and protecting my life is the responsibility of the officials of the Islamic Republic.
The hunger strike is in protest of, and to make a complaint:
– Against the abuse and interventions in judicial matters by the Sepah Intelligence Corps, and the Intelligence Ministry;
– The loss of independence of the Judiciary Branch,
– To restore the Constitution, judicial procedures, judicial independence, and;
– To restore the rights of political prisoners and their families (rights such as, granting of furlough, use of telephone and visitation etc.).”
This blogger and human rights activist has been incarcerated for two and a half years without being allowed any furlough.
He was arrested on December 13, 2009 in the city of Makan near Tabriz, and was immediately taken to Ward 2-A of Evin prison in Tehran.
He was in solitary confinement for ten months, under severe physical and psychological pressure, for the purpose of forcing him to give televised false confession. Finally, Branch 26 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced him to 15 years in prison. This sentence was upheld by Tehran’s Court of Appeals.
Despite dire health and need for proper medical treatment, he is serving his sentence in section 350 of Evin prison. He has been incarcerated for more than 900 days without being allowed even a single day of furlough.