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Amir Amirgholi on Hunger Strike in Evin Prison

Posted on: 2nd December, 2016
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HRANA News Agency – Amir (Ali) Amirgholi, political prisoner has gone on hunger strike due to lack of safety, lack of attention to him being beaten, lack of medical attention to his injuries, lack of separation of prisoners based on their crimes since November 16, 2016. His 19 years in prison sentence which was reduced to 8 years in prison at appeal court earlier, had been aggregated to five years.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Amir (Ali) Amirgholi political prisoner has gone on hunger strike since November 16, 2016.

A close source to Amirgholi family told HRANA’s reporter: “At midnight of November 15, following a verbal clash, a Somalian prisoner attacked him by knobs and his face was beaten so that his cheek was torn and bleeding, but the guard and prison authorities refused to send him to the clinic of prison and stitched his wound. Amir sued the Somalian prisoner and guards and has gone on hunger strike and went to meet his family with bloody clothes.”

The source also told about the reasons of his hunger strike: “Amir had already stressed on the separation of inmates according to the crimes, but his request was not processed. He announced lack of safety, lack of attention to him being beaten, lack of medical attention to his injuries, lack of separation of prisoners based on their crimes as the reasons of his hunger strike.”

The source at the end told: “His 19 years in prison sentence which under Article 134, had been reduced to 8 years in prison at appeal court, was aggregated to five years and he is supposed to be released on October 30, 2019.”

Amir (Ali) Amirgholi, political prisoner in ward 8 of Evin prison, had earlier gone on a hunger strike to protest against his condition in prison and lack of separation of prisoners based on the kind of crimes, and after 18 days ended his hunger strike on the request of civil and political prisoners.

Amir Amirgholi, former student activist and political prisoner in ward eight of Evin prison, was sentenced to 19 years and 6 months imprisonment by branch 15 of the revolutionary court presided over by judge Salvati on charges of “blasphemy”, “insulting the Supreme Leader”, “gathering and colluding to act against national security”, “disturbing public order by participating in gatherings” and “propaganda against the regime” in January 2016. In accordance with the Article 134 of the Penal Code and the aggregation of crime, the maximum sentence can be up to seven years and a half.

Branch 36 of Tehran Appeals Court, presided by judge Qomizadeh, reduced the sentence of 19 years and six months imprisonment for Amir (Ali) Amirgholi to eight years imprisonment.

According to the decree, Mr. Amirgholi was acquitted of the charges of “assembly and collusion against the regime” and “disturbing the public order”, and was sentenced on charge of “insulting Imams” to five years, “insulting the Imam and the leadership” to one year and “propaganda against the regime” to 2 years and a total of eight years imprisonment.

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