Daily Archives: July 28, 2013

My Son’s Life Is In Danger, Says Father of Imprisoned HR Activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

The father of imprisoned political prisoner, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, has written a letter to Tehran’s District Attorney, explaining in detail his son’s situation .

According to reports on the Kaleme website, Hossein Ronaghi has recently encountered gastrointestinal bleeding due to the lack of proper nutrition and lack of access to his treating physicians, and is therefore unable to take needed medication for his prostate and kidney diseases.

According to previously published reports, despite Hossein’s suffering from kidney malfunction and prostate and bladder inflammation, he was ordered back to prison by the District Attorney prior to the recent presidential election.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was among those arrested after the 2009 disputed presidential election. He was arrested by IRGC Intelligence and tried at Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pirabbasi, and was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

Last August, while Ronaghi was on his first medical furlough, he, his brother and his father (Hassan and Ahmad Ronaghi), along with 33 other earthquake aid workers were arrested in the Sarand earthquake relief camp in the earthquake-stricken area of Azarbaijan.

Following is the full text of the letter as provided to Kaleme published on their website today:

In the name of the Almighty

May 21, 2013

Hereby, I respectfully inform you that during my son’s surgery, the honorable IRGC agents and the prison officials were present. His surgery lasted some hours. Post-operation he went into a coma and did not come out of the coma for several days.

I extend my sincere gratitude to your excellency and all those who helped secure my son’s previous medical furlough.

Dear Sir, the last furlough request I faxed to you was on May 14, 2013. After I contacted the District Attorney’s office, I was informed my son’s furlough extension request had been denied and that he must return to prison. My son was ordered to report back to prison on May 21, 2013.

Dear Sir, my son suffers from kidney malfunction. In order to save his right kidney he must be under the constant care of a specialist. Therefore, I request of your excellency, the officials of the Islamic Republic and the official in charge of Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s case, that the request be granted for a medical furlough in order to save his life.

As the honorable District Attorney and the officials of the Islamic Republic are well aware, the Divine law and the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran attach great value to the health of human life.

Dear Mr. District Attorney, I hereby inform you that if my son remains in prison his life will be at risk and he is in danger of losing his kidney.

Again, I urgently request that the honorable District Attorney, the prison officials and the official in charge of Hossein Ronaghi’s case immediately take legal action.

All of the medical records are at the country’s medical examiner’s office located on Beheshti street, at other medical examiner’s offices, the district attorney’s office and at Evin prison.


Sayd Ahmad Ronaghi, father of Sayed Hossein Ronaghi
May 21, 2013


1- Mr. Pirabbasi, Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, for information and legal action

2- Head of the implementation department at Evin prison, for information and legal action

3- Official in charge of Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s case, for information and legal action

3- Head to the Evin prison infirmary, for information and legal action

4- Head of Judiciary’s Commission of Human Rights, Mr. Larijani, for information and legal action

5- President of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Human Rights Commission, for information and legal action

Letter from Ronaghi's father

Source: Kaleme

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s Father Requests Officials Grant Medical Furlough To His Son

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

Sayd Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, father of imprisoned blogger and human rights activist, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, has written to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei requesting he facilitate an urgently needed medical furlough for his son.

Following is the text of his letter as published on the HRANA website:

I, Sayed Amad Ronaghi Maleki, request the attention of the Supreme Leader, the Chief Judiciary, Commander in Chief of IRGC, all the Judiciary officials, Tehran District Attorney, the official in charge of Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s case, and all those in power at the Islamic Republic that, if prompt attention is not paid to the case of my son, his life will be at risk.

In addition, he is under pressure and harassment in prison. Therefore, in the future, those who breached the law of God and the Islamic Republic of Iran will be held accountable.

I hope in respect of this sacred month of Ramedan my son is granted a medical furlough as soon as possible.

In conclusion, I thank all those who have tried to help save my son’s life.

July 28, 2012

Source: HARANA

HR activist Abolfazl Abedini Launches A Hunger Strike After Sudden Transfer to Ahvaz Karoon Prison

Abolfazl Abedini

On Saturday afternoon, Abolfazl Abedini, imprisoned human rights activist and a witness in the torture death case of blogger Sattar Beheshti (blogger who was killed under torture while in custody), was unexpectedly, and without prior notice, transferred from Evin prison to Karoon prison in Ahvaz.

Abolfazl Abedini had testified before Shahriyari, the magistrate investigating the torture death case of Sattar Beheshti, that he had witnessed signs of torture on Behesht’s body while Beheshti was in Ward 350 .

Abedini, protesting his sudden transfer from Evin to Karoon prison, announced he will launch an open-ended hunger strike and will remain on one until he is transferred back to Evin.

Previously Abedini, while giving a statement to the magistrate, had voiced concern about his testimony causing troubles for him, but was assured by the magistrate that it would not.

At that same time, head of Evin Court attempted to transfer Abedini to Ahvaz Karoon prison but failed. But now, the new head of Evin Court, Tourk, has carried out the transfer.

Tourk was the Ahvaz trial judge that tried and sentenced Abedini to 11 years imprisonment because of human rights activism.

Abedini was transferred to Karoon prison last fall after testifying in Beheshti’s case, but was returned to Evin shortly after on the order of Tehran’s District Attorney.

Abolfazl Abedini, a human rights and labor rights activist, was tried in April 2010 in the Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment on charges of association with hostile governments, human rights activism and propaganda against the establishment through giving interviews to foreign press.

He was again tried in Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Moghayeseh, and sentenced to an additional one year imprisonment on charges of propaganda against the establishment, even though this charge was already included in his previous trial and he was already imprisoned at that time of the new trial.

Despite suffering from a heart condition, Abedini has been serving time in Ward 6 of Karoon prison in Ahvaz and in Evin Ward 350 without being granted furlough.

Source: Kaleme