Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, father of this blogger spoke of his son’s latest condition to Human Rights House of Iran (RAHANA). “With Hossein in very poor health, he was transferred to Tehran’s Hasheminejad hospital for a night where some tests were conducted on him, then he was immediately transferred back to Evin prison.”
Ahmad Ronaghi objected to the judiciary and security agents who have blocked this blogger from medical leave. “Hossein should have been kept in the hospital. During the last meeting that I had with Hossein he had internal bleeding and was suffering from kidney failure and gallbladder disease. But despite knowing how imperative it is that he is under medical supervision, they transferred him back to prison.”
He continued by telling RAHANA about his efforts in securing medical leave for his son. “The judicial authorities will not give an answer. We have written a letter to everywhere imaginable requesting a medical leave from prison for Hossein. But so far, just as before, we have not received any response to our requests. This is a legal right and a human right for my son to receive prison furlough. But he has been deprived of all his legal and basic human rights and there is nobody to help us out.”
Human rights groups along with their families have objected to the lack of medical attention given to political prisoners. Last week Amnesty International published a statement requesting that the regime in Iran give medical attention to its political prisoners, naming Hossein Ronaghi Maleki in their report.
Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was arrested on December 13, 2009 in the city of Melkan, close to Tabriz and immediately transferred to Ward 2A of Evin prison. He spent 10 months in solitary confinement in Evin where he endured intense psychological and severe physical pressures in order to extract interviews and false confessions from him to show on TV. He was finally sentenced by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court to 15 years behind bars.
The appeals court of Tehran upheld Hossein’s sentence. Despite his sickness and very poor health making immediate medical furlough necessary, this blogger is now still spending his time behind bars in Evin prison.