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Hossein Ronaghi’s Father Describing Evin’s Visiting Room Today: Everyone Was Crying. They Have Beaten Our Children

Following is an interview by the opposition site Kaleme with the father of imprisoned blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki after today’s visit in Evin with his son:

Mr. Ronaghi, today was the weekly visiting day for Ward 350 prisoners, did you visit your son? did you see your son?

Currently we are in front of Evin prison. I did have a visit with Hossein. The families of the political prisoners are by the gate outside of prison. They threw everyone out. There is no information about 20-25 prisoners who were injured and taken outside of the prison. Their families are here outside without any information. They had beaten my son, they beat him in the stomach.

Did your request for follow up from the Parliament members have any results?

Yesterday we met the Parliament members. Mr. Motahari was supposed to come here and see for himself, but unfortunately no one has come yet.

Is it clear who was responsible for the attack on the Ward 350 political prisoners?

The order for the attack came from Colonel (Faezi?). They savagely beat our children. He has threatened to do it again. The lives of our children are in danger.

Did the prisoners say this themselves, because the Prisons Bureau has completely denied this attack? What did the prisoners exactly tell you?

They sent a number of plainclothes forces and told them to beat our children. I saw my son; he said their lives are in danger. I plead and ask for help from all people, all the institutions, and whomever that could help. Our children’s lives are in danger. We must do something before something horrible happens. I ask the Representatives and MP Motahari to take immediate action.

How were you and the families of the political prisoners were treated by the officials today?

They threw us out of and currently we are standing outside of the prison. We are surrounded by guards. The family members are upset, everyone is crying. The families came here today and saw their children having been beaten. The conditions here today was pretty horrible.

Source: Kaleme

Tehran Prosecutor Has Denied Medical Furlough For Jailed Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

Following the denial of medical furlough for his son, Hossein Ronaghi’s father Ahmad Ronaghi is requesting help from UN Special Rapporteur, Ahmed Shaheed and the authorities in obtaining medical furlough for his son.

According to the Human Rights News Agency, finally, on Tuesday September 10, Tehran’s Prosecutor General announced that he will not grant medical furlough to imprisoned blogger Hossein Ronaghi.

A source close to Hossein Ronaghi’s family told HRANA that, “On September 3, when Hossein was briefly hospitalized he told his father that the interrogators have told him that he has to cooperate with them before they allow furlough, otherwise they will keep him in prison until he dies.”

The source added, “Today Tuesday, September 10, Hossein Ronaghi’s father said that he had not revealed this information before hoping that his son would be granted medical furlough, but with the denial of furlough, and with his son’s life in danger, he is now forced to reveal this information.”

The source further stated that, “He also addressed all of the Islamic Republic’s officials and said that Hossein’s life has been put in danger by the interrogators. He requested that Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur urgently address this issue. He also stressed that he has requested assistance from the Islamic Republic’s officials but has not received a favorable response.”

Hossein Ronaghi was initially arrested December 2009. He was tried by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

Source: HRANA

Ward 350 Political Prisoners: We Are Witnessing The Gradual Death Of One Of Our Cellmates

15 political prisoners incarcerated in Evin Ward 350 have written to Chief Judiciary Ayatollah Amoli Larijani voicing their concernm and warning him about the dire health condition of on-hunger strike political prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Maleki.

Hossein Ronaghi was arrested on December 13, 2009, during the unrest that followed the disputed presidential election of 2009. His arrest and sentencing to 15 years imprisonment, were on charges of: Spreading Propaganda Against the Establishment, Insulting The Leader and the Head of the Government , and membership in the internet group (Iran Proxy).

Ronaghi was also sentenced to an additional 2 1/2 years imprisonment for involvement in the Sarand camp earthquake volunteer workers’ case.
He suffered severe kidney damage during interrogations, and has undergone surgery several times. Hossein launched a hunger strike on August 28 protesting the officials disregard for his health condition and failure to transfer him to a hospital for proper treatment.

One week after Ronaghi started his hunger strike his mother, Zokaikha Mousavi, also launched a hunger strike protesting the Judicial authorities neglecting her son’s situation.

Following is the text of their letter as provided to the Kaleme website:

In the name of the Almighty,

Along with the countless suffering that we are faced with in prison, recently, we are witnessing the gradual death of our cellmate, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, whose candle of life is bit by bit melting down.

He suffers from a multitude of illnesses. He has gone under 7 kidney operations during the 4 years that he has been imprisoned. Each time, his condition after the surgery was considered successful. But, due to his return back to prison, and the lack of facilities essential for his treatment in prison, he regressed back to pre-operative status, or even worse.

Due to lack of in-prison treatment, and as the last resort available to him, he launched a hunger strike more than 25 days ago, which has aggravated his condition.

On August 24, Hossein was taken to Hasheminejad hospital, where after examination by their physicians for his kidney problems, hospitalization was recommended. Also, on August 28, he was taken to Modares hospital with gastrointestinal problems. There also, after examination by doctors, immediate hospitalization was recommended.

Despite objections by the doctors, the accompanying agents prevented his hospitalization and returned him back to prison.

The result of the doctors’ examinations and recommendations from Hasheminejad hospital, along with his previous medical files, were sent to the medical examiners office. The medical examiners office forwarded their recommendation to the district attorney’s office on August 28.

The medical examiners office has several times previously notified the district attorney’s office about Ronaghi’s grave health situation. But, despite his dire health condition and the dangerous worsening of his condition, the officials have made no attempt to hospitalize him. Instead of acting responsibly, they seem to be acting in spite of this patient.

Once, the officials, in response to his complaint told him, and another time told his father that, at most, he will die in prison and, after few days of media noise, everything will end and become quiet.

Unfortunately, this approach is from the people in an organization, under your management, that claim are enforcing Islamic laws and Divine justice.

Currently Mr. Ronaghi suffers from the following conditions as listed in his medical records:

– Kidney failure and obstruction of the ureter

– Infections and blood in the urine

– Enlargement of the prostate and bladder inflammation

– Stomach and digestive tract bleeding

– Cardiac angina, extreme low blood pressure, and high heart rate

Mr, Amoli Larijani.

You are well aware that according to Sharia and legal regulatory requirements, and the Bureau Of The Prisons rules and regulations, medical treatment is an obvious right of an ill prisoner and providing it is the responsibility of the prison officials, the officials at the district attorney’s office and the Judiciary Branch, and delay in providing it has religious and legal liability.

We give warning, serious warning, that the life of a man in Ward 350 is in danger, and with much worry and concern we announce that this warning letter may soon become a new witness statement.

We strongly urge you, before it’s too late, and a human life is sacrificed for the ignorance and negligence of officials at the district attorney’s office, to act immediately, for tomorrow may be too late.

The signatories:

Amir Khosro Dalirsani

Mohamad Davari

Alireza Rejaei

Sayad Ahmad Hashemi

Saeed Madani

Mohsen Mirdamadi

Abdollah Momeni

Sayd Alireza Beheshti

Ghorban Behzadnejad

Emad Bahavar

Mohamad Amin Hadavi

Masoud Pedram

Ali Khodabakhsh

Mohamad Hassan Yousefi

Source: Kaleme

Deteriorating Health And Grave Condition Of Hossein Ronaghi Maleki And His Mother Both On Hunger Strike

Prisoner of conscience Hossein Ronaghi Maleki who has been on a hunger strike since August 9th was taken to the emergency room at Shahid Modares hospital on Wednesday August 28 in dire condition. His father says Hossein would not accept breaking his hunger strike or the administering of an IV.

Ahmad Ronaghi, extremely concerned about his son’s situation, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, “On Wednesday they took Hossein to the hospital due to stomach bleeding. They wanted to administer an IV but Hossein refused and said, “I will not break my hunger strike until I am granted medical furlough. I am losing my kidneys and you brought me here to break my hunger strike by administering an IV.”

Unfortunately, they took him to the hospital not to treat his kidneys, but because his condition had deteriorated. Hossein was in the hospital until early evening when they took him back to prison. We have no information on his condition since Wednesday, and unfortunately we are not permitted phone calls to the prison,”

Ahmad Ronaghi, responding to a question as to what answers he has received from the officials on granting Hossein medical furlough said, “During this entire time, I have only been able to see Mr. Khodabakhsh, the Deputy District Attorney. One time he says that IRGC does not permit medical furlough, another time he says that the person responsible for Hossein’s case does not permit furlough, and yet, sometimes he says he himself is not approving a furlough.

The last time I saw him, I told him I will kiss your hands, I will kiss your feet, I am losing my son. Don’t let that happen. But unfortunately, he will not give a straight answer and is misusing his power.”

Hossein Ronaghi’s father stressing that he just wrote another letter to Tehran’s District Attorney, Jafar Dowlatabadi, said, “So far, I have written letters to the District Attorney, to the Chief Judiciary, even to the Leader and Hassan Rouhani asking them for help in securing medical furlough for my son. I don’t know who else is responsible, no one has given me an answer. I don’t know where else to turn to and who else to tell of my pains. I have now been in Tehran for 35 days following up on my son’s case, to no avail, and finally my son was taken to hospital in dire health (and returned back to prison).”

Ahmad Ronaghi, speaking about his wife’s condition who is also on hunger strike in their home in Tabriz, said, “She is not doing well and is bed ridden. I don’t know what to do.”

Hossein Ronaghi was arrested on December 13, 2009, during the aftermath unrest that followed the disputed presidential election of 2009. His arrest and sentencing to 15 years imprisonment, were on charges of: Spreading Propaganda Against the Establishment, Insulting The Leader and the Head of the Government , and membership in the internet group (Iran Proxy),

He suffered severe kidney damage during interrogations, and has undergone surgery several times. Hossein launched a hunger strike on August 28 protesting the officials disregard for his health condition and failure to transfer him to a hospital for proper treatment.

Source: Kaleme

PS: Hossein Ronaghi was sentenced to an additional 2 1/2 years imprisonment for involvement in the Sarand camp earthquake volunteer workers’ case. While on medical furlough, Hossein had gone to Sarand to help with the relief efforts after a major earthquake hit Azarbaijan. Hossein, along with a number of other political prisoners who were also out on furlough, were ordered back to prison prior to the last presidential election

A Message From Vahed Kholosi A Former Prison Mate Of On-Hunger-Strike Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

Banned from education, activist Vahed Kholosi, was along side Hossein Ronaghi, as one of the Sarand earthquake relief camp volunteers. They went to the earthquake-stricken area of Azarbaijan to lend a hand to the people affected by this national disaster. He has written a note about what recent days are reminding him of.

His bitter words describe how the shame of remaining silent now, is harder then enduring being imprisoned, and how one can sometimes miss being in solitary confinement:

“In 2011, on nights like this, for the crime of being banned from education, I was trying to get a blanket for my first night in solitary confinement in IRGC’s Ward 2-A. The solitary confinement lasted 21 days followed by a 5 year imprisonment sentence.

In 2012, on nights like this, for the crime of helping the earthquake-stricken people, I was being beaten by the Tabriz Intelligence Ministry’s agents, and after that I received a 2 year imprisonment sentence.

In 2013, on this night, for the very crime of being, I am still alive and busy browsing the news. That news makes it more difficult to bear the shame of staying silent more than any arrest or exile:

– Hossein Ronaghi and his mother are on hunger strike.

– The death of humans and humanity in the chemical attacks in Syria.

– Executions after executions and more executions.

– The imprisonment of my brother “Navid Khanjani” behind those cold walls.

– The loss of someone dear, Rashid Esmaili

– Bombings, explosions, death, Iraq, Afghanestan, Pakestan, Syria, and……

– The incarceration and enchainment of many liberty seeking Iranians.

– The political circus whose ticket price has become the sap of the soul of humans.

And what has the this world inflicted upon you for you to miss being in a solitary confinement cell, so you won’t hear any more, you won’t see any more, you don’t suffer pain any more, eat your food, perform your prayers, just go to sleep without a thought of the future.”

Vahed Kholosi
August 23, 2013

Vahed Kholosi also wrote about Hossein Ronaghi in another short note:

“Many years ago when I was barred from education, he became my friend. I later saw him in Evin, and he became my strength.

He was granted furlough, but didn’t stay inactive. The Mother Land was mournful due to the earthquake, and Hossein felt he owed the earthquake-stricken people.

Before my eyes, they kicked his sides, hitting his ill kidneys. I was distraught, but their sick conscience was not distraught.

Hossein is in poor health and is on hunger strike, because Justice is hungry and sick. Hossein is loosing his hearing because the ruling apparatuses are deaf.

Hossein suffers from an impaired nervous system, because the country’s Judiciary system has become disordered.

Hossein is suffering from severe convulsions, like not only Iran but the whole Middle East has become convulsive.

We had the same interrogator, our fate now is the same. O you people who boasted of being in the war zone, grant Hossein medical furlough, and experience humanity again.”

Vahed Kholosi
Thursday August 29, 2013
11:10 PM

Source: Azadegan Blog

Interview With Ronaghi And Abedini’s Mothers: “They Said Go On Hunger Strike And Die”

Hossein Ronaghi Abolfazl Abedini

Following is translation of an interview conducted by Roozonline with mothers of on hunger strike political prisoners Hossein Ronaghi Maleki and Abolfazl Abedini.

It has been more than two weeks since political prisoner Abolfazl Abedini launched a hunger strike protesting his illegal transfer to Karoon prison in Ahvaz, a hunger strike that has not fostered pursuit by any of the Judiciary officials.

On Sunday, political prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Maleki incarcerated in Evin prison, announced the launch of a hunger strike in a letter to Abedini. He wrote, “I, in protest of the responsible authorities’ lack of respect for human life, failure to address the cases of ill political prisoners, added pressure on my family, arbitrary and illegal transfer of innocent political prisoners and forcing them into such inhumane conditions, the unknown status and whereabouts of some of the political prisoners, and also protesting continued non-adherence to the rule of law by officials, am launching a hunger strike.

Even though, I find this method of protest undesirable and wrong, and know that it will have heavy consequences for me.”

Considering his dire health condition, the hunger strike of this political prisoner has caused much concern among the human rights activists and his family.

Ronaghi’s mother, Zolaykha Mousavi tells Rooz, “Last Monday I went to visit him in prison, he told me he is having severe pain in his right kidney and has not been able to sleep for the past four nights due to the pain.

That same day, he told me about his decision to go on a hunger strike. I pleaded with him and said, “No Hossein. For the love of God, don’t go on a hunger strike. I told him I will go to the District Attorney’s office and see if I can obtain medical furlough and, God willing, they may grant furlough for Eid-e-Fetr (end of Ramedan).”

Mrs. Mousavi continues, “I went to the District Attorney’s office, and cried, and pleaded with the Deputy District Attorney. A number of other political prisoners’ family members were also there, and witnessed my pleas.

I said, for God’s sake, grant my son medical furlough, I have come here from Azarbijan. I explained Hossein’s health problems and the pain he is suffering from his right kidney, and asked them to please approve his furlough so he can go to specialists for treatment. They denied the furlough.

I asked Mr. Khodabakhsh, then what are you going to do? Do you want to kill him? As you have stated before? He replied, perhaps it is so”

I asked her, “was Hossein told that they are going to kill him?” She replied, “Hossein had told one of the prison officials that he will go on a hunger strike and his answer was, :What do you think is going to happen? You will die and soon after everything will become quiet.” I asked Mr. Khodabakhsh, “Is this what you want?” He replied, “Perhaps that is so.””

Zolaikha Mousavi adds, “They said they will not approve medical furlough, and he must continue treatment in prison. I told him, “He has gone under operation in a hospital several times, but was returned to prison again, which then caused an exasperation of his condition. This time he is suffering from pain in his right kidney.”

Mr. Khodabakhsh said that the District Attorney has ordered that Hossein not be given medical furlough. I told him, “I have come all the way from Azarbaijan and you are ignoring my pleas. I have been coming to you for the last four years, there is not a place that I have not gone to pursuing Hossein’s case. Every time, I cry and plea, but no one gives me any answer.””

Hossein Ronaghi’s mother continues, “They asked me why I speak to the media, I told them it’s their own fault, “If you heard my pleas then I wouldn’t have to talk to the media. I am a mother, for four years I have been tormented, I said, “Why are you so cruel Mr. Khodabakhsh. It’s Ramedan, I have come here from a long distance in this heat, but no matter how much I beg you won’t give me an answer.””

Mrs. Mousavi stressing the dire health of her son says, “Doctors have said that Hossein must be on a proper nutritional diet, which is not available in prison. Hossein told me he can not tolerate this any longer, they torment him there in prison.

You don’t know the agony that we have suffered. You don’t know what we went through last year when he was on hunger strike and ended up in a hospital as a result. It aged us, the agony and anguish we suffered made the hospital workers cry for us.”

Hossein’s mother, crying, continues, “When I heard he had gone on a hunger strike, I didn’t know what to do. I asked Mr. Khodabakhsh, “What has my son done? They have imprisoned the innocent children of people/ I am a mother. What should I do?” And his reply to me was that they follow the Prophets path. For God’s sake, that is not how the Prophet was. The Prophet respected even his enemies. If they were sick he would pay them visits. Mr. Khodabakhsh why are you this way?”

What Zolaykha Mousavi is asking is for them to grant her son medical furlough. At the end of the interview, as she was crying, she said, “Why are they doing this? All they want is to kill Hossein and that is it.”

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was arrested December 2009 in the city of Malekan in Azarbaijan province and was transferred to Tehran after his arrest. He used the pen name Babak Khoramdin on his blog. He was among the people who protested the results of 2009 presidential election. He was also a member of the committee against censorship. He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on charges of anti-National Security acts. (Translator’s note: Hossein was also tried and sentenced to additional 2 years imprisonment in the Sarand Camp earthquake relief workers case).

“Pray for my son to halt his hunger strike”

Political prisoner Abolfazl Abedini, a witness in Sattar Beheshti’s case was transferred from Evin prison to Karoon prison in Ahvas on July 28. This was not the first time that Abedini was exiled. Last fall he was also illegally transferred to Ahvaz.

He was transferred after he gave testimony in the case of Sattar Beheshti, the critic blogger who died as a result of torture while in custody. Abedini had testified before the Magistrate that he had seen signs of torture on Sattar Beheshti’s body.

At the time of his last transfer out of Evin, protesting his illegal transfer, he proclaimed he will go on a hunger strike and will not halt it until he is returned back to Evin.

Now that more than two weeks have passed since the start of his hunger strike, concerns are raising about his health and the conditions under which he is being held in Ahvaz Karoon prison.

Abolfazl Abedini’s mother, Sareh Aivazi, in an interview with Rooz, stressed that on her last visit with her son, he appeared very weak and thin and declined his family’s urging him to halt his hunger strike.

Mrs. Aivazi said, “One time they take him to solitary confinement, another time they add to his sentence. It has been four years now that we are going through this. We are tired of writing so many letters (to officials). What we are asking is for him to be returned back to Tehran, lower his sentence and ultimately release him.”

After Abedini was illegally transferred to Ahvaz, 44 political prisoners in Evin wrote a statement of protest and asked for his return back to Evin.

In that statement, pointing out that Abedini has been in prison for four years without being allowed a furlough, they said, “He as a patriotic Iranian young man, solely due to his diligent pursuit of the national interests and his human rights activities, just as many other activists of the Green Movement, encountered unjust imprisonment and was sentenced to 12 1/2 years incarceration.”

Abedini’s mother told Rooz: “My son suffers from a heart and kidney condition. Ahvaz prison does not have a political prisoner ward. At least in Tehran, he was in the political prisoners ward. In Ahvaz the prisoners are criminals convicted on drug charges and murder and the prison lacks many facilities.”

Mrs. Aivazi, sobbing, continues, “Pray for him, pray for him to come back to Tehran soon and to break his hunger strike. The 13 years imprisonment sentence they gave him did not effect us as much as has these last 15 days that he has been on hunger strike. We are extremely worried and are under a lot of pressure.”

Previously in a letter to Chief Judiciary, Ayatollah Larijani, Abedini had detailed the violence that he suffered in prison, he wrote, “Aside from the method used in arresting this defendant, when I was rolling in pain from being hit and kicked, and from the blows with a cable to my frail feet, again the terms of “civil rights” and “the rights of the accused” were dancing before my eyes and in my mind. That how could the people who thought of themselves as the enforcers of the Justice Department have made such a mockery of it all.”

He 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.

Source: Rooz

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

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


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.

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

CC: Executive Director of Evin prison

Source: SahamNews