Monthly Archives: July 2013

44 Political Prisoners Protested Transfer Of Dr. Ali Nazari On A Stretcher From Evin To Zabol Prison

44 political prisoners incarcerated in Ward 350 of Evin prison, in a letter protested the transfer of their cellmate Dr. Ali Nazeri from Evin prison to Zabol prison (S.E. Iran), saying the responsibility for any ill effect happening to Dr. Nazeri lies with the Judicial authorities.

Kaleme website had reported that Dr. Ali Nazeri an environmental and human rights activist who was re-arrested about 20 days ago at his dental practice, was transferred from Evin to Zabol prison on Tuesday.

Dr. Ali Nazari was initially arrested June 2010 for participating in the Green Movement activities. He was tried and convicted in Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Pirabbasi, on the charge of propaganda against the system and was given an unjust sentence of one year imprisonment to be served in the city of Zabol plus 10 years forced exile in the same city.

HRANA also reports that 6 of the people protesting the transfer of Dr. Nazari have now been moved to solitary confinement.

Following is the text of the protest letter written by 44 of Dr. Nazari’s prison mates:

In the name of God,

On Tuesday July 16, 2013, by the order of Judicial authorities, Dr. Ali Nazari was transferred from Evin Ward 350 to Zabol. Dr. Nazari was only guilty of seeking freedom, defending human rights and defending the rights of the people in the Green Movement.

We wish the authorities that, by their acts are themselves responsible for our country’s current plight, and must have seen the people’s reactions to their deeds, both before and after the election, would, rather than continuing the past approach and continue to hold spite against the people, would heed the people’s demands and opinions, and compensate for their past actions.

We still hold hope that they reconsider their actions and join the people in their demands, for this is not only for the good of the country but is also to their own benefit.

Dr. Nazeri, one of Ward 350 political prisoners, suffers from serious heart disease and high blood pressure and because of his unstable situation and the condition of his health he must be monitored by a physician daily.

He was quite ill at the time of transfer and was irresponsibly moved out of Ward 350 to an ambulance on a stretcher.

We, prison mates of Dr. Nazeri, along with requesting his return back to Ward 350, hold the Judicial authorities responsible for any ill effect this transfer may have on Dr. Nazari.

The signatories:
1- Mohamad Ebrahimi

2- Hassan Assadi Zaiedabadi

3- Amir Islami

4- Reza Entesari

5– Ebrahim Babaei

6- Mostafa Badkoubei

7- Emad Bahavar

8- Omid Behrouzi

9- Ghorban Behzadian Nejad

10- Sayd Alireza Beheshti Shirazi

11- Kamyar Parsa

12- Masoud Pedram

13- Nader Jani

14- Amin Chalaki

15- Siyavoush Hatam

16- Issa Khan Hatami

17- Ali Khodabakhsh

18- Mehdi Khodaei

19- Mostafa Daneshjou

20- Mohamad Davari

21- Amir Khosro Dalirsani

22- Alireza Rejaei

23- Mohamad Sadegh Rabani

24- Mohamad Rezaei

25- Alireza Roshan

26- Sayd Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

27- Mostafa Rismanbaf

28- Hossein Zarbini

29- Abdolfatah Soltani

30- Mostafa Abdi

31- Fayzollah Arabsorkhi

32- Bezad Arab Gol

33- Siyamak Ghaderi

34- Afshin Karampour

35- Hamid Karvasi

36- Jafar Ganji

37- Hamid Reza Moradi

38- Abdollah Momeni

39- Mohsen Mirdamadi

40- Nasour Naghipour

41- Mohamad Amin Hadavi

42- Sayd Ahmad Hashemi

43- Farshid Yadolahi

44- Mohamad Hassan Yousefpour

According to HARANA the following six people have now been moved to solitary confinement:

Saeid Matinpour, Amir Khosro Dalisani, Houtan Dolati, Siyamak ghaderi, Mohamad Ebrahimi and Ebrahim Babaei

Sources: Kaleme and HRANA

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IRGC Intelligence Opposes Needed Medical Furlough For Hossein Ronaghi

Tehran’s district attorney’s office has informed the family of incarcerated human rights activist, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki that the IRGC Intelligence is preventing the granting of a medical furlough for Hossein.

According to Tehran’s Deputy Prosecutor, IRGC (the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps) has stated that, because, Hossein Ronaghi continued his activism while on the previous medical furlough, they will not permit another medical furlough, even if his incarceration jeopardizes his health.

The family of this political prisoner, who have asked the officials of the Islamic Republic to help secure his release and save his life, say, “We have repeatedly written to various officials in the Islamic Republic and have asked them to help save the life of our son. But so far, all of this letter writing and following up on his case, have not had any result. Hossein, like all the other political prisoners, is not guilty of any crime and must be released.”

According to a previously published report on Kaleme website, a Judiciary official, replying to Hossein’s voicing concern about unhealthy prison conditions and the lack of proper medical treatment for himself and other ill political prisoners, said, “You will eventually die in prison, and after a few weeks of the media noise, everything will become quite.”

According to Hossein’s family, he told them during a prison visit that he will launch a hunger strike in early Mordad (July 23rd is the beginning of month of Mordad) if the authorities continue their negligence and their disregard for human life,

The family of this human rights activist, expressing their concern about the state of his health, said, “Tehran’s District Attorney’s office has told us that the IRGC Intelligence opposes granting Hossein a medical furlough and that we must speak with IRGC’s interrogator about Hossein’s medical furlough.

Hossein has decided to launch a hunger strike due to the the authorities’ disregard for a human life and health. In the light of Hossein’s decision, and due to his existing illnesses, we are extremely concerned about his health and his life.

Anymore, we just don’t know which Judicial official we must turn to next for help and to get them to listen to our heartaches and to help solve our problem.

Due to the lack of specialized facilities, the lack of access to his treating physicians, and lack of proper nutrition, Ronaghi has recently encountered gastrointestinal bleeding and has not been able to take his needed medication for his prostate and kidney diseases.

According to previously published reports, despite Hossein suffering from kidney malfunction and prostate and bladder inflammation, was ordered back to prison by the district attorney prior to the 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 father, Ahmad and Hassan Ronaghi, along with 33 other earthquake aide workers, were arrested at the Sarand earthquake relief workers’ camp in the earthquake-stricken area of Azarbaijan.

In that case, Ronaghi was sentenced to 2 years and six months imprisonment on the charges of “Assembly and collusion with intent to act against the national security in the earthquake-stricken areas”, “Threat to public health through distribution of moldy bread”, and “Disobeying police orders”, thus, making his sentence increase to a total of 17 years and six months imprisonment.

Source: Kaleme


Imprisoned HR Activist Blogger Hossein Ronaghi’s Father: “My Son’s Life Is In Danger”

In a letter, father of imprisoned rights activist and blogger, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, has asked Tehran’s District Attorney and other Judiciary officials to grant his son medical furlough.

Last April, while on medical furlough, Hossein Ronaghi was hospitalized with kidney function complications and was operated on for the 6th time. But prior to the presidential elections, Hossein and a number of other political prisoners who were out on furlough were summoned back to prison.

Following is the letter written by Hossein Ronaghi’s father as provided to Saham news:

In the name of the Almighty

The honorable Tehran district attorney Mr. Jafari Dowlatabadi
The honorable Judge overseeing Evin prison, Mr. Khodabakhsh
The honorable deputy district attorney
The honorable inspector at Evin prison overseeing Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s case

Greetings,

Hereby I offer my gratitude and appreciation to the honorable district attorney, the staff of his office and the authorities at Evin prison who helped with my son’s approval of a medical furlough in the past.

The honorable district attorney and the Judicial officials: On May 21, 2013 I wrote a letter to you requesting that an extension of medical furlough be granted to my son Hossein, a copy of which was faxed to the official in charge of Hossein’s case at Evin prison.

The honorable district attorney: I also sent you another letter on June 8, 2013, a copy of which was faxed to the security office at Evin prison.

As you are aware, my son has gone under surgery several times and requires that he be under the care of specialists to save his damaged kidneys.

The honorable district attorney: As per your order, on July 1 my son was taken to Hasheminejad hospital for treatment and for a sonogram.

The honorable district attorney and the honorable Judiciary officials: My son’s life is in danger at Evin prison. On July 1 my son sent you a letter from the hospital requesting a medical furlough.

I, sayed Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, gave my son’s letter to the deputy district attorney, Mr. Khodabakhsh.

Dear Sir, the prison’s environment and the lack of proper nutrition has been, and is harmful to the health of my son. His life is in danger.

Hereby, I request from the honorable district attorney, the official handling Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s case at Evin and the executive director of Evin prison, that my son be granted the urgently needed medical furlough.

Furthermore, my son now also suffers from digestive problems and has been vomiting and suffering from bleeding ulcer, therefore not able to take his medications for his kidney and other conditions. As per the doctor order, all medications have been suspended. Now there is an urgent need to treat his gastrointestinal condition also.

Respectfully,
Sayed Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, father of imprisoned university student Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

CC: Executive Director of Evin prison

Source: SahamNews


Pressuring Political Prisoners To Obtain False Confessions & To Give Mock Interviews Continues

A month after the presidential election, there is still no news from some the people arrested just prior to the election. Meanwhile, reports suggest some of the prisoners are under pressure to give false confessions.

According to the Green Voice of Freedom, Mohsen Rahmani, Akbar Amini, Pezhman Zafarmand and Ahmad Askari are among those arrested days before and after the election.

A number of people were arrested at Hassan Rouhani’s campaign rally at Jamaran. Mohsen Rahmani was among those arrested that night. All were later released on bail except for Mohsen Rahmani, who is incarcerated at Ward 240 of Evin prison and his status is unclear.

Akbar Amini was also arrested a few days before the election by the Intelligence Ministry’s agent. His status also remains unclear.

Although it was expected that, after the presidential election the Intelligence officials might show a more rational behavior, they still refuse to provide any information about the prisoners to their families.

Pezhman Zafarmand and Ahmad Askari were arrested after the presidential election. Pezhman Zafarmand was a campaign activist for Mohamad Reza Aref. After Aref withdrew from the race, Zafarmand went to work for Rouhani’s campaign but was arrested 2 days later. Ahmad Askari was also arrested few days after the election.

All this while, after the election, the jubilant people across the country celebrated on the streets and chanted slogans in support of the detained Green leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karoubi and asked for their and all political prisoners release.

Amini, Zafarmand, Askari and Rahmani have yet to be permitted to visit with their lawyers or their families.

A number of the people arrested prior to and right after the presidential election were active within a candidate’s campaign framework. Others believed in boycotting the election and had no political activities, thus making the reason for their arrest unclear. They had no affiliation with any political parties or groups inside or outside of the country, and their activities were limited to supporting the rights of the people’s movement.

Source: GVF


Sattar Beheshti’s Mother: “Exhume my Son’s Body And Perform Autopsy Under UN Supervision”

In an interview with Saham news, Satar Beheshti’s mother, reacted to the Coroner’s report that classified the death of her son as “death due to psychological pressure and not due to blows inflicted by the interrogators”, asked for her son’s body to be exhumed.

Satar Beheshti’s mother asked the Court and high ranking Judiciary officials to exhume her son’s body, and that an independent autopsy be performed under the supervision of trusted doctors and the United Nation doctors.

Months after the death in custody of Sattar Beheshti, the Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Ahmad Shojaei, claimed that the expert forensic examination provided two possible causes of death, death due to psychological pressure and trauma to the body due to blows received. After further examining these possibilities, the medical examiners announced the blows received by Sattar Beheshti were not fatal and could have not been the cause of his death.

The Chief Medical Examiner also claims that Sattar Beheshti did not receive blows to the sensitive parts of his body, and that toxicology tests found no abnormalities to indicate his death as “unnatural”.

Sattar Beheshti’s mother expressing concern over the statements made by the officials, told Saham news that, “At this point we have no information on the progress of Sattar’s case file. Neither we nor his lawyer have been able to review the case file, and whenever we questioned the progress of the case, we did not get an answer.”

Goher Eshghi, Sattar Beheshti’s mother, responded to Saham’s question as to whether Sattar’s case is progressing in a normal manner, as follows: “Prior to Sattar’s 40th day passing ceremonies, we were invited by the investigator to go to his office. He had four men in the same interrogation room as I, my daughter and Sattar’s lawyer.

He said three of the men are charged with dereliction of duty and one, Sattar’s chief interrogator, is the prime suspect . This was the same guy, that I always talk about, that came to our home ” in a pink shirt” and arrested Sattar.

They told us he was Sattar’s chief interrogator. I only asked him two questions; “What was Sattar doing when he was being tortured? What did he tell you when he was under torture?”

He answered, “When I was hitting Sattar, he kept laughing, I became very angry and kept hitting him until he died.”

When a defendant makes such a confession in front of the investigator, what else is left for the investigator to investigate? Is the investigator trying to exonerate the defendant? Or is he trying to buy time?”

Sattar’s mother says that the District Attorney’s office is neglecting this case. She said, “They refuse to give us any answers. Before they used to come and visit us every so often. But now, they have either, on their own reached the conclusion that they should act indifferent towards us, or they have been ordered to do so.”

Mrs. Gohar Eshghi, responding to the various statements made by the District Attorney, the Medical Examiner’s office, and the Parliamentary Commission, and to clarify the truth about what Sattar endured, said, “I am dismayed and saddened that, when in front of me and Sattar’s lawyer, a defendant confessed to extreme torture and the killing of Sattar, the Attorney General, instead of enforcing the law and acting as the head the law enforcement, is instead supporting lawlessness.

I, as Sattar’s mother, in order to put an end to these conflicting actions and statements, hereby, ask the Court and the Judiciary officials, to exhume my son’s body, and to perform an autopsy under the supervision of trusted doctors and the United Nations doctors.”

Expressing disappointment about her Son’s case and a possibility of the same result as the Kahrizak case, she adds, “I am worried when I see what happened to the Kahrizak case when they only sentenced Tehran’s district attorney to 200,000 Tomans fine (about $60.00).”

Gohar Eshghi continues by addressing the District Attorney, saying, “The seat you occupy will not last forever, just like it wasn’t for Mr. Mortazavi. I give you a mother’s advice, do not sacrifice your hereafter life for others’ earthly interests.

If in this life I am pressured and threatened and deprived of justice, be certain that, when in the presence of God, I will seek justice.”

Sattar Beheshti’s mother, denied having a Facebook account, and said, “A number of people with various methods tried to get close to us, and of course, there are those that with the intension of monitoring our activities, tried to get close to us.

We have nothing to hide. I have said it before, and now say it again, under 4 days of torture they killed my Sattar and we are not afraid of repeating this. The only one who should be afraid is the torturer that is being protected; he who has been unfaithful to us, to the people and to the system.

Now we have heard that some people have opened a Facebook page in our name claiming it is connected to us. I emphasize that this is not true and we are in no way connected to this page.

We have heard that some people are collecting contributions in the name of helping Sattar’s family. We strongly state that we have not requested nor have we received any help.”

At the conclusion of this interview, Sattar’s mother said, “If the gentlemen claim that Sattar was not killed due to torture, then they should comply with our request for exhuming his body. For, if Sattar was not killed due to torture, then why was his burial shroud bloodied?

Why was his face bruised? Why did they not deliver his body to us? Why have they put us under so much pressure? Why have they threatened us so much? Why did they force me to sign a consent form? I wish they would have send my son’s case to court for a trial before asked me for consent.”

Sattar Beheshti, a laborer and a blogger from Robat Karim, was arrested by the cyber police due to his writings critical of the government/. He was arrested on October 30, 2012 and was initially transferred to Evin prison in Tehran, but was four days later transferred to the police station detention center where he died under torture.

Before burial, Sattar’s family had seen signs of injuries and bruises on his body. In his first comments regarding Sattar, the Judiciary Spokesman, Mohsenei Ejee had confirmed the existence of bruises on Sattar’s body but later heart failure was given as cause of death.

source: SahamNews

More information about Sattar Beheshti’s case “here


Judiciary Official to Imprisoned HR Activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki: You Will Eventually Die In Prison

A Judiciary official, answering Hossein Ronaghi Maleki making a complaint about the authorities neglecting his and other political prisoners’ situation, responded: “You will eventually die in prison, and after a few weeks of the media noise, everything will become quite.”

The Kaleme website describes a short meeting that the incarcerated human rights activist, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, had with a Judicial official. They said Maleki received a harsh reaction when he pointed out the problems with poor nutritional quality of food, lack of proper and specialized medical facilities and medication, and the ignoring by authorities of his and other ill prisoners’ situations, being kept in an Improper and unsafe prison environment.

This Judicial authority in response to Hossein Ronaghi’s request for medical furlough said that the Attorney General’s office has not so far received a letter from IRGC Intelligence agreeing with his furlough. This, while many senior Judicial officials have repeatedly spoken of the independence of the Judiciary!

According to medical specialists, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, in addition to suffering from kidney ailment, has also recently encountered prostate disease and bladder inflammation and in order to continue his treatment requires a stress free environment that provides adequate nutrition along with easy access to doctors and specialists, and specialized facilities.

In recent days, due to the lack of specialized facilities, the lack of access to his treating physicians, and lack of proper nutrition, Ronaghi has encountered gastrointestinal bleeding and has not been able to take his needed medication for his prostate and kidney diseases.

According to previously published reports, while Ronaghi was on a medical furlough, prior to the presidential election, despite his suffering from kidney malfunction and prostate and bladder inflammation problems, he was ordered back to prison by the Attorney General’s office.

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 father, Ahmad and Hassan Ronaghi, along with 33 other earthquake aide workers, were arrested at the Sarand earthquake relief workers’ camp in the earthquake-stricken area of Azarbaijan (here).

In that case, Ronaghi was sentenced to 2 years and six months imprisonment on the charges of “Assembly and collusion with intent to act against the national security in the earthquake-stricken areas”, “Threat to public health through distribution of moldy bread”, and “Disobeying police orders”, thus, making his sentence increase to a total of 17 years and six months imprisonment (here).

Source: Kalemeh