Hossein Ronaghi Maleki severely beaten up and transferred to hospital


Imprisoned blogger Hossein Ronaghi who is suffering from kidney disease and has undergone 2 major operations in the last few months, was transferred to Taleghani hospital with serious injuries sustained after being brutally attacked.

Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, this blogger’s father told Human Rights House of Iran (RAHANA), “After the beating, Hossein was severely injured and lost consciousness. They transferred him to Taleghani Hospital where he was unconscious for hours. At the end of the night, they transferred him back to prison.”

Ahamad Ronaghi who was visibly shaken due to his son being ruthlessly beaten said, “They want to drag my son to prison. The person who attacked Hossein was a Revolutionary Guard. The Revolutionary Guards have become so powerful that they can do as they please with the prisoners. Hossein’s life is not safe in prison and ours is not safe outside of prison. Hossein gets brutally attacked and beaten up in prison and we are constantly being threatened and harassed.”

He said to Human Rights House of Iran (RAHANA), “I am asking all human rights agencies to pay attention to my son’s situation. I am desperately worried for my son’s life. His situation is extremely worrisome. His condition is very grim.”

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki had written a letter to Tehran’s Attorney General telling him of the role of outside agencies in exerting added pressures on the prisoners. Regarding his own situation he said, “Do you remember I told you about my lack of access to proper nutrition, medicine, specialized doctors and a calm environment needed for my recovery. Do you remember what your response was? Your response was that due to IRGC’s objection, you were not able to grant me a furlough. Do you remember in our previous meetings, you had said that if the Medical Examiner’s office agrees that a medical leave is necessary, you would grant me a furlough?

After what you told me, I researched and found out that the Medical Examiner’s office had approved my medical furlough 3 months prior to our talk and they had already sent you their letter of approval. I told you at the time of our conversation that it is the security agencies that decide who and how someone can receive medical treatment.”

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, blogger and human rights activist was arrested on December 13, 2009 and is now spending his 15-year sentence behind bars.



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