Daily Archives: June 7, 2012

80 Year Old Grandfather Of Imprisoned Student Activist Arash Sadeghi Has Been Arrested

Shirollah Dargahi, the grandfather of imprisoned student activist Arash Sadeghi was arrested on Wednesday.

Wednesday night, around 8 PM agents went to the home of Arash Sadeghi’s elderly grandparents, arrested him and took him to an undisclosed location.

According to reports, while Mrs. Dargahi was in shock because of this nightly raid, the agents claimed they are taking her husband for questioning and will bring him back, but all indications are that this 80 year old grandfather has been placed under arrest.

Considering the age, and poor health of Mr. Dargahi, his family is very concerned for his well being. Also, Mrs. Dargahi is doing poorly as a result of the trauma and shock of this nightly raid. According to family, if her situation does not improve, she will have to be taken to hospital.

Arash’s grandfather had recently issued a letter to Arash’s interrogator which was widely covered by the opposition websites.

In this compassionate letter, he told the painful story of Arash’s arrest and the events thereafter, and the phone calls he received giving him false promises and claims.

He wrote, “Mr. interrogator, have you realized how all your claims about Arash’s guilt are more like a joke? A bitter joke…..

Mr. interrogator, what do you intend to do with Arash? Is the death of his mother and shattering and destroying of his family life not enough? His more than 30 months incarceration, most of which was in solitary confinement, are not enough?

His physical injuries during interrogation sessions, like broken ribs and shoulder, which were confirmed by the forensic investigation, are not enough?

During conversations you had with me after Arash’s arrest, you repeatedly indicated that you had Arash under constant surveillance all the time, and said you were aware of all of his contacts. Then, you probably know that Arash had no place to live after he was released.”

Arash Sadeghi is one of the post-presidential election of 2009 political prisoners who has paid a heavy cost and has suffered much hardship.

All the hardships, and the death of his mother after the security forces raided their home, have put him under severe and serious mental stress.

However, he has remained steadfast, and currently is on a hunger strike that he started 13 days ago in support of Hossein Ronaghi Maleki.

Allameh Tabatabai university student activist, Arash Sadeghi, a member of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 presidential campaign, was among many political prisoners who were arrested after the presidential election of 2009 events.

He was first arrested July 09, 2009, during the suppression of the post-presidential election protests. He was released after 50 days in solitary confinement.

His mother suffered a heart attack as a result of the trauma and shock she received during a 4:00 AM raid of her home for the purpose of arresting Arash. She died 4 days later in the hospital.

Arash’s latest arrest was on the morning of December 15, 2011 while visiting his mother’s grave site with his grandparents. He has been incarcerated in Ward 209 of Evin prison in solitary confinement since his last arrest.

Source: Kalameh

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Imprisoned Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki Ends Dry Hunger Strike But Remains On A Hunger Strike

Blogger and human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki who was transferred to hospital in dire health Sunday night, ends his dry hunger strike (refusing food and liquids), but remains on a hunger strike.

According to reports by Kalameh, Hossein’s hospital room was stormed by IRGC agents Tuesday night and he was moved to a different room in the same hospital.

To protest this action by IRGC agents Hossein announced Tuesday night that he will go on a dry hunger strike, but as on Wednesday night he ended his dry hunger strike but remains on a hunger strike.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was taken to hospital Sunday night in dire health, but despite the danger of loosing his kidney he has refused to be connected to an IV and has refused to end his hunger strike.

This blogger who has been incarcerated for two and a half years without being granted furlough, believes having additional surgery without being granted a medical furlough for post-operation treatment is pointless and therefore refuses additional surgery and will remain on a hunger strike until medical furlough is granted.

A number of political prisoners incarcerated in Ward 350 released a statement yesterday which was published by Kalameh site. In this statement they warned that ignoring Hossein’s situation could put his life in serious danger.

In their statement, they referred to a similar case of another political prisoner, Hoda Saber, who lost his life on hunger strike in prison, due to lack of proper medical treatment.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki launched a hunger strike last week Saturday. He announced the launch of his hunger strike in a letter to the Leader. In this letter he explained the reason for his hunger strike and said, ” “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.

Kalameh reported few days ago that Hossein Ronaghi is under pressure to brake his hunger strike and has been threatened with being transfered back to prison. They also have threatened him with a negative media campaign against him.

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.

Source: Kalameh