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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

Imprisoned Political Prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Maleki In Deteriorating Health, Needed Medication Confiscated

Political Prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, now incarcerated in Evin Ward 350, is facing deteriorating health due to confiscation of his medication by prison officials.

Human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki reported back to Evin prison on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, following the denial of his medical furlough extension due to the upcoming presidential elections.

Due to negligence by prison officials and Evin’s medical clinic, Ronaghi has not yet been able to access his needed medication.

Upon returning to Evin, all of Ronaghi’s personal effects and medications, which must be taken daily, were confiscated, despite the fact that he is suffering from kidney disease and malfunction, inflammation of the prostate and bladder problems.

According to specialists and the medical examiner, the prison environment, with it’s lack of access to a specialized medical facility and treatment, and lack of proper nutrition, is not suitable for Ronaghi. But Tehran Prosecutor authorities have refused to extend his medical furlough.

Recalling Ronaghi and a number of other political prisoners back to prison was apparently done in order to create a more rigid security atmosphere ahead of the upcoming presidential election.

Ronaghi underwent surgery at Hasheminejad hospital a few weeks ago. After much efforts by his surgeons, the proper treatment and a non-prison environment, his condition was reported “fair”, with the functionality of his left kidney at 17% and the right kidney at 83%.

But now, with his return to prison and lack of access to adequate nutrition and medical treatment, it is feared his health will rapidly deteriorate.

Source: Kaleme

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s Father Was Beaten In the Prosecutor’s Office In Tabriz

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, who is currently out on medical furlough with bail, referring to questioning of his father by the Deputy Prosecutor in Tabriz, wrote on his Facebook page: “The Intelligence Ministry’s agents insulted my father with obscenities and beat him and threatened that they will destroy his sons and daughters.”

Hossein Ronaghi’s father was summoned by the Prosecutor’s office today. He was summoned to the Prosecutor’s office few days ago also and was interrogated.

Hossein Ronaghi referring to his family’s current situation, noted: “If the Intelligence Ministry can not tolerate my being outside the prison, I am willing to go back to prison to somewhat safeguard my family’s mental & physical safety.

Hossein Ronaghi stating that his family lacks any security, adds: “My mother was crying and saying go back to prison, they want to harm you.”

He added, “It has to be a very important issue for a mother to tell her son to go back to prison to protect his life.”

Source: GVF

Sarand Camp Earthquake Volunteer Aid Workers Have Been Sentenced To Imprisonment

Verdicts for the Sarand Camp earthquake volunteer aid workers who were arrested August 23, 2012 by Tabriz’s Intelligence Ministry agents in the earthquake-stricken village of Sarand have been issued.

Branch one of the Revolutionary Court in Tabriz has issued the following judgements for the volunteer aid workers:

Sayed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, 2 years imprisonment

Behrooz Alavi, 2 years and 3 months imprisonment

Hamid Reza Mosibian, 2 years and 6 months imprisonment

Vahed Kholosi, 2 years imprisonment

Bahram Shojaei, 2 years imprisonment

Farid Rohani, Sayd Hassan Ronaghi Maleki, Shayan Vahdati, Masoud Vafabakhsh, Hooman Taheri, Sepeh Saheban, Daniel Hasani, Ali Mohamadi, Morteza Esmaeilpour, Mohamad Arjomandirad, Mohamad Esmaeil Solaimanpour, Mohamad Amin Salehi, Mohsen Sameei, Milad Panahipour and Amir Ronasi have each been sentenced to 6 months imprisonment.

According to the verdict issued by the Court, all of these volunteer aid workers were found guilty of participation in assembly and collusion with intent to act against the national security.

Source: Kalameh

21 Earthquake Volunteer Aid Workers Arrested at Sarand Camp Will Go On Trial Monday November 19

After more than three months in the Intelligence Ministry’s detention in Tabriz, the 21 Sarand camp earthquake volunteer aid workers have been summoned by the Revolutionary Court to go on trial.

According to Kalameh, Branch One of the Tabriz Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Ghati Hamlbar, will try:

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, Hassan Ronaghi Maleki, Behrouz Alavi, Hamidreza Mosibian, Farid Rohani, Vahed Kholosi, Shayan Vahdati, Navid Khanjani, Masoud Vafabakhsh, Hooman Taheri, Sepehr Saheban, Daniel Hasani, Ali Mohamadi, Morteza Esmaeilpour, Mohamad Arjmandirad, Mohamad Esmaeil Salmanpour, Mohamad Amin Salehi, Mohsen Saaemi, Milad Panahboud, Amir Ronasi, Bahram Shojaei

Their trial, on charges of participating in collusion and conspiracy to commit crimes against the national security, participating in threats against public health, and participation in defiance of police officers orders, will be on Monday November 19, 2012.

Previously, the Judicial and police officials had announced the charges for these aid workers as propagating Baha’isim and Wahhabism, spying for foreign media, and distribution of spoiled food items.

One of the defendants in this case, Navid Khanjani, is currently incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison in Karaj and will be taken to Tabriz for the trial.

According to the defense attorneys, the main defendant in this case is Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, a human rights activist who was a volunteer aid worker at the earthquake-stricken areas, while he was out on bail on medical furlough.

source: Kalameh

Human Rights Activist And Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki On Hunger Strike Again

Protesting violations of rule of law and prevailing injustices, activist and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has launched a hunger strike again.

According to Kalameh, Hossein had previously warned the Judiciary officials that lack of response to his demands will result in his launching a hunger strike.

Hossein Ronaghi, protesting lack of attention to his situation, arrest of the earthquake aid workers, violations of the rule of law, and prevailing injustices launched a hunger strike as of Saturday November 3, 2012.

According to the family of this incarcerated blogger, Hossein blames the agents in the Intelligence Ministry’s office in Tabriz and Tabriz’s Deputy Prosecutor-General as the main cause for the recent damage to his kidneys and for compromising his health.

Hossein had also told his family of the vengeance that the Intelligence Ministry’s agents hold towards him and said he was told by the Intelligence Ministry’s agents that his illness and ultimately his death for them (the interrogators) and for the Islamic Republic is not of any importance.

According to medical doctors and specialists in Evin prison’s clinic, a hunger strike for this political prisoner suffering from acute kidney disease is extremely dangerous and can result in devastating, destructive and irreversible effects on his health.

Previously, in separate letters to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the Chief Justice Ayatollah Larijani, Hossein had informed them of the assaults and beatings that the earthquake relief volunteers workers suffered at the hands of the Intelligence Ministry’s agents, and had spoken of the harassments they and their families suffered from Intelligence agents in Tabriz.

He had said, “I believe our actions were humanitarian and right, and I will continue to defend helping people as a correct act and am ready to give my life defending this action, and certainly will not remain silent in the face of injustice until such time that fair and just proceedings are held to defend our rights.”

The Intelligence officials and Tehran’s Prosecutor General continue to insist on keeping Hossein Ronaghi imprisoned despite being aware of his dire health and illness. This, when according to medical experts and specialists at Hasheminejad hospital, Hossein must undergo proper treatment outside of prison.

Source: Kalameh

Letter From Evin To Evin: Hossein Ronaghi Voices Support For On Hunger Strike Nasrin Sotoudeh

Incarcerated blogger and human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has written a letter to imprisoned rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Nasrin Sotoudeh launched a hunger strike on October 17 protesting violations of her legal rights, and mistreatment of, and pressures put on, her family by the Judiciary.

Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh’s husband, in an interview last week with Kalameh, announcing Nasrin’s hunger strike, said, “I urged her to change her mind and not go on a hunger strike, but she was adamant saying there is nothing else that she can do while imprisoned, my last resort to voice protest is to launch a hunger strike.

Just imagine, a defense attorney who must resort to writing her own defense on a piece of napkin, then for it to be confiscate it, telling her that she has committed an illegal act, and from that date, being denied face-to-face visitation with her children.”

I am concerned for my wife. She has already become so thin and weak that she is unrecognizable to those who have not seen her in some time. Imagine how much worse will it be after she goes on a hunger strike.”

Nasrin Sotoudeh has been imprisoned since September 4, 2010. She was tried and convicted on charges of acting against the national security, propagating against the regime, and membership in The Defenders of Human Rights Center. She was sentenced to six years imprisonment, banned from practicing law and banned from leaving the country for 20 years, and also fined 50,000 Tomans for not observing the Islamic code of attire (Hijab).

Complete text of the letter written by Hossein Ronaghi as provided to the Kalameh site is as follows:

No one is thinking about the flowers

No one is thinking about the goldfish

No one wants to believe

That the garden is dying

That the heart of the garden is inflamed under the sun

That the garden’s mind is slowly, slowly

Emptying from the green memories

And it seems that the garden’s senses

Are something incorporeal, that have rotted in loneliness of the garden

The yard of our home is alone

The yard of our home is yawning, awaiting rain from an unknown cloud

And the pond in our home is empty.

Dear Lady Nasrin,

On the difficult path to liberty, the freedom seeking people inevitably endure much pain and suffering, and the aberrant pain of injustice and oppression. But these sorts of pain and hardships that we, side by side, for our common purpose, have endured for our beloved Iran, is not fruitless.

The Self Sacrificing Lady,

It has been some days since you launched a hunger strike, and I know the reason; to achieve your basic legal and human rights – symbolizing the rights of all of us – which you have been deprived of – just as we have been denied those rights.

Therefore, I do not know if I, like others should urge you to halt your hunger strike or not? If I do, am I not vindicating silence before what is deemed unjust? If I do not, then why do I not join you in your quest? Then why am I so meekly complaining? Why when we see you, see myself and others, do we not speak up?

The Steadfast Lady Of My Land,

You told me one day, in this same prison, that you firmly believe that our work is not in vain. That we are on the right path that will not be without results. And all of our struggles will bear fruit.

You said that in this era of mass communications, no secret will remain hidden, victory will be ours. You told me about Aung San Suu and other freedom fighters as examples. All those who long suffered but steadfast stood, and did not lose faith in the whirlwind of disappointments.

Dear Nasrin,

We stand by your side, and believe in our goal. Is it not so that we all share the same pain and joy? How could we not be heart broken by the tyranny and oppression that is inflicted upon you.

Yes, we all have been afflicted with pain and sorrow, but there is another fact. The fact of being imprisoned, which is deemed most honorable if it is for defending the rights of others, for defending the honor of others, and for the protection of liberty and justice, the national interest and the progress of our homeland, however unjust and suffering it may cause. That is why we are proud of you and prison-mates such as yourself.

Today, I have decided to exercise my rights; to protest and object to the injustice and oppression that now rule, and the appalling events that have become normal policy, that are occurring under the shadow of lawlessness and against the rule of law.

It is obvious that acts of deception, hypocrisy, lies and repression no longer work, and the people’s awareness has disabled the weapons of threats, enticement and deception.

In the end, and inevitably, the foundations of tyranny will collapse, oppression will cease, and liberty will dawn.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki
Evin Prison

Source: Kalameh