May 26, 2011
The political prisoner Dr. Saied Masouri is suffering from acute neck pain and serious kidney problems, but the interrogators of the Ministry of Intelligence (MOI) prevent him from receiving any treatments, website of Human Rights and Democracy Activists reported on May 22.
For more than six months, Saied Masouri has been suffering from acute neck ache and serious kidney problems, as well as painful gum disease. Recently, his illnesses have worsened with non-stop acute pain to such an unbearable degree that it is impossible for him to sit still. He has repeatedly asked to receive treatments for his physical conditions, but they deny him any treatments. MOI interrogators are the main reason for preventing Saied’s treatment. MOI interrogators systematically use political prisoners’ physical illnesses as a tool to pressure and torture the political prisoners.
Dr. Saied Masouri was arrested in 2000 by the MOI agents and was held in solitary confinements for several years in Dezful and Ahvaz Prisons as well as in the infamous section 209 of Evin Prison. During these years, he was subjected to severe physical and psychological torture. In 2002, he was tried and sentenced to death, but under international pressure, his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. He is currently in the hall 12 of section 4 of Karaj Gohardasht Prison under critical physical conditions without any treatments whatsoever.