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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

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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


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.

Respectfully,

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

CC:

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

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


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