Afshin Sohrabzadeh Sent to Medical Furlough

HRANA News Agency – Afshin Sohrabzadeh, exiled political prisoner who is diagnosed with cancer, was sent to a 20-day medical furlough on June 25.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Afshin Sohrabzadeh, exiled political prisoner who is diagnosed with cancer, whose furlough request had been refused earlier, was sent to the 20-day medical leave by depositing an additional bail of 900 million IRR on June 25. 
A close source to the political prisoner by announcing the news told HRAN’s reporters in an interview: “Afshin’s father went to Minab on Thursday for looking up the bail deposit and met with the prosecutor the same day. But it was postponed to Saturday and Afshin was released by deposit of additional bail of 900 million IRR plus the previous bail of 1 billion IRR.”
The source added: “The prosecutor wrote an order of a 15-day leave at first which became 20 days by Afshin’s request. The prosecutor also said: ‘you can be on leave when the doctor wants it.’”
In recent weeks, he was transferred to hospitals outside the prison and was returned to prison without sufficient consideration.
The respiratory problems of Afshin Sohrabzadeh, who suffers from cancer, have been progressing and his health status has deteriorated and he vomits blood.
At the night of May 21, the prisoner had reached the brink of suffocation. So he had consumed three oxygen sprays.
According to the documents which have been provided for HRANA, the prison authorities have confirmed Afshin Sohrabzadeh’s “colon cancer”. According to these documents the warden of Minab prison has clearly mentioned that at least once Afshin has survived from the death because of his disease. The officials have stressed the need for immediate transfer to a medical center outside of prison, and also has requested him to be held in a bigger and more equipped prison for the rest of his sentence.
On May 19, 2016, fourteen Human rights organizations released a joint statement, expressing deep concern about the dire condition of political prisoner Afshin Sohrabzadeh, who is dealing with cancer and illness in Minab prison, where he was exiled. The undersigned organizations highlighted the lack of medical attention threatening Afshin Sohrabzadeh’s life and demanded that the Iranian authorities allow for a just trial according to the Iranian laws and provide him the urgent medical attention that he needs.
HRANA had already reported that Afshin Sohrabzadeh was transferred to the prison’s clinic and the doctor issued a letter for his transfer to a hospital, but the security authorities of Minab prison ignored it, and this caused the protest by the prisoners and even the warden.
Need to be mentioned, Amnesty international issued a statement recently and demanded consideration about the condition of Afshin Sohrabzadeh, ill political prisoner who has been exiled to Minab, and is suffering from digestion and breathing problems.
HRANA had reported earlier that despite his family’s follow-up after the early summer last year and paying 40 million IRR, the prisoner who had been transferred to Evin prison for medical treatment, after a few months without any proper treatment was returned to Minab prison due to high cost of the treatment (about 700 million IRR) and the inability of his family in paying this amount. Returning the prisoner to the former place cost his family 12 million IRR.
Afshin Sohrabzadeh underwent an intestinal surgery last year which was unsuccessful and led to internal bleeding.
Last year his family offered a deposit of 2 billion IRR paying for the bail to send him to leave which met the disagreement of Minab prison. They also tried to request a leave for AfshinSohrabzadeh again this year by putting off a deed, which faced again the rejection of authorities in Minab prison.
It should be noted despite the high cost of treatment and medication and the inability of family to afford it, the prisoner because of confiscation of his identification documents at the time of arrest, is deprived of having the health insurance.
Afshin Sohrabzadeh is born in 1990. In June 8, 2009, he was arrested by the intelligence authorities of Kamyaran near the dam of Gavoshan in the road on a coach on charges of fleeing the country to join one of the Kurdish parties.

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