Amnesty International Called for Immediate Release of Hossein Ronaghi Maleki
HRANA News Agency – Amnesty International in a statement expressed their deep concern over the situation of the jailed blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki calling for urgent action for his freedom.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on April 1st, Amnesty International stated that since March 26, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was on hunger strike and his situation was not addressed by the authorities.
The organization stated that “Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki prisoner of conscience is on hunger strike in protest against the lack of medical care since March 26th. His health condition is deteriorating and doctors want to treat him out of the prison because the prison medical equipment is not enough for treatment.”
The statement has asked the Islamic Republic authorities to immediately act towards freedom and medical treatment of Hossein Ronaghi Maleki.
One of his relatives had earlier told our reporter: “Hussein has been in prison before Nowrouz without any treatment and medication, the authorities do not do anything for his freedom or New Year furlough and they would not give any answer to his family. Hussein is in jail illegally. His sentence had stopped at that time and he was given an intolerance to punishment by the forensic, and was pardoned under Articles 504 and 297 as well as parole, but none of them was implemented. However, the prison authorities threaten, insult and teas Hussein.”
This source continued about the condition of Hossain Rounaghi Maleki, “His medicines have been finished before the new year and he has been left without any treatment. The status of his new year furlough is unknown and nobody gives any answer to his family. Hossain is kept in the prison illegally. His sentence was held on that time, and the forensic issued the order of intolerance of punishment. Besides, articles 504 and 297 could be applied for him and he could receive parole and pardon. This is while prison authorities constantly insult and harass Hossain”.
He added, “He has to undergo MRI test for his spinal and back issues. And for blood viscosity he needs to do some examinations. He has lost one of his kidneys and the other one has recently been infected. Despite all these conditions the prosecutor’s office does not do anything”.
Need to be mentioned, this political prisoner was transferred to a professional clinic for his spinal and back problems on Wednesday March 9, 2016, but was sent back to prison after the examinations.
Angina, kidney problems, swelling of the face, stomach bleeding, unmoral blood viscosity, eye infections, lung problems and breathing difficulties are some of the diseases that family of Rounaghi requested intolerance of punishment in accordance with them.
His father had stated to HRANA previously, “my son should not be kept in prison due to his diseases and lack of medical facilities in the prison”.
Hossain Rounaghi Maleki, human rights activist and blogger was arrested on December 13, 2009.
Branch number 26 of the revolutionary court sentenced him to 15 years in prison on October 5, 2010, after 10 months being under arrest in ward 2-A of Evin prison. He was charged with membership in Iranproxy network, insulting the supreme leader and insulting the president.
This sentence was confirmed in branch number 54 of the court of appeal and he was then transferred to ward 350 of Evin prison.
This prisoner is currently kept in ward number 7 of Evin prison without medical treatment and in a very bad condition.