Incarcerated blogger and human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki who announced the launch of his hunger strike last Saturday, in a letter to the Leader, was admitted to Hasheminejad hospital Sunday night in critical condition.
Hossein’s transfer to the hospital was on the direct order of the Prosecutor General.
Previously, prison officials had said, they will cover all the cost of Hossein’s hospitalization and treatment, and had agreed with Hossein remaining hospitalized after surgery for as long as the surgeons deem necessary.
Also, due to sensitivity of the section that this prisoner will be admitted to, and a very high risk of virus transfer, and the section being kept in isolation, prison officials had agreed to have the accompanying security guards stationed out side of the ward.
But, few days ago, the prison officials announced that they will extend the time of hospitalization at their own discretion and also said that due to this hospital not being under contract with the prison system, they will not cover any of the charges.
They also said, that due to security reasons, the accompanying guards must be stationed by Hossein’s bed at all times.
Hossein Ronaghi has said that he is not willing to under go surgery under these conditions.
On Saturday Kalameh had reported that, despite doctors’ recommendations for the last three months that Hossein needed to be hospitalized, the security guards did not allow his hospitalization and returned him to Evin after few hours.
During last week, Ronaghai was also taken to Taleghani hospital in critical condition but was transferred back to prison after some tests were performed.
Hossein announced the launch of his hunger strike last Saturday in a letter to the Leader, 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.
This hunger strike is in protest of, and to make a complaint about: 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, use of furlough, use of telephone and visitation right and 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.