HRANA News Agency – Hassan Abdul-Hassan Tafah’s physical health has deteriorated further, and he is in critical condition. Hassan Tafah is an 82-year old lawyer and human rights activist of Iraqi descent convicted of spying and locked up in Ward 4, Hall 12 in Rajai-Shahr Prison.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), in 2008, Hassan Tafah was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Revolutionary Court on charges of spying. He suffers from a number of medical problems including anemia, low blood pressure, kidney and prostate diseases. Furthermore, he has recently been diagnosed with blood cancer.
Iranian judiciary officials have taken no major steps towards providing medical care for Hassan Tafah and have made every effort to block his access to health care.
Hassan Tafah is originally from the southern Iraqi city of Basra, an attorney and a former member of Communist Party of Iraq before seeking refuge in Iran. He was arrested in 2007 during negotiations and talks with Iranian intelligence and security officials and charged with spying. The Revolutionary Court then found him guilty, sentenced him to 15 years in prison and fined him approximately $180,000.