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Abdulfattah Soltani Begins His 5th Year Of Imprisonment In A Critical Health Condition

Posted on: 23rd September, 2015
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Abdulfattah Soltani

HRANA News Agency – Abdulfattah Soltani, an imprisoned lawyer and founding member of the Defenders of Human Rights, is starting his fifth year of imprisonment whereas considering his several illnesses and diseases, his need for the treatment and hospital has increased, more than ever.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Abdulfattah Soltani, an imprisoned lawyer and founding member of the Defenders of Human Rights, is starting his fifth year of imprisonment whereas he needs treatment and referral to the hospital more than ever.

Maedeh Soltani, daughter of this Human Rights activist, regarding her father’s condition at the anniversary of his detention by emphasizing that: “My father needs treatment and going to hospital”, regarding to the medical appointment that her mother made from persecution, told HRANA’s reporter: “At most of these appointments they do not take my father to hospital.”

Maedeh Soltani also emphasized that: “Doctors have said that regarding his digestive problem and his blood pressure fluctuation, it is not possible to treat them in prison. He will get better just with an appropriate nutrition, better situation and being sent on leave.”

It should be noted that despite the agreement of 4 judges, including Mr. Aghaei, former head of Tehran Justice Department, to apply Article 18 of the retrial on Abdolfattah Soltani’s case, it is more than two years and a half that he has been waiting for the judiciary to have the order for hearing and has remained undecided.

His daughter also states that: “Appling Article 18 on my father’s case shows that the warrant issued for my father was wrong and should be issued a new decree.”

Maedeh Soltani, Mr. Soltani’s daughter, also fomerly had told HRANA’s reporter: “Mr. Soltani, not only is eligible for a judicial review, but even with assuming that he had been convicted, on the basis of Article 58 of the Penal Code and also Article 134 of the Criminal Procedure, he is eligible for a parole.”

Abdolfattah Soltani, a senior lawyer and founding member of the Defenders of Human Rights, had been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment and exile to Borazjan prison, and 20 years being banned from practicing law, in March 2011, at Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court, Branch 26, presided by Judge Pirabbasi. His sentence was reduced to 13 years on the appeal stage. This sentence was reduced to 10 years by applying Article 134, and in accordance with current laws, Abdolfattah Soltani can get parole. Formerly, the prosecutor in Evin prison had rejected his medical leave request, because of what he called as “Mr. Soltani’s Insistence on his thoughts”.

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