Denial of Medical Leave Led to Death of Political Prisoner

Sunday, 06 February 2011

Post-election detainee Arash Arkan passed away in a hospital due to the failure of the judicial officials to grant him a timely medical leave.

Arash Arkan passed away in an IRGC-run hospital on January 30th after one year and three months of imprisonment. According to the Human Rights House of Iran, he had been granted prison leave for a few days after his kidney problems intensified but the duration of the furlough was not enough for his treatment and he was returned to Evin Prison. His condition worsened 3 days before his death due to the ignorance of the prison officials and medical personnel of Evin prison.  Arkan was arrested on December 7, 2009 for assisting an individual who was filming the post-election protests. There was no information as to his condition for 3 months after his arrest. After one year of prison limbo, he was sentenced to 8 more months of imprisonment. Many prisoners who are in need of medical prison leave have been ignored. Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki, Mansour Osanlou, Mohsen Dogmehchi and Fatemeh Rahnama are some of the prisoners in need of medical leave.


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