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Amnesty International Expresses Concern about Afshin Sohrabzadeh’s Situation

Posted on: 4th April, 2016
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Afshin Sohrabzadeh

HRANA News Agency – Amnesty International in a statement called for immediate action on the situation of political prisoner, Afshin Sohrabzadeh, Kurdish prisoner exiled in Minab prison, who is suffering from severe gastritis and respiratory problems.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Amnesty International in a statement along with the request for urgent action, has announced that, Afshin Sohrabzadeh, a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority who is serving his 25 years imprisonment in exile in a remote prison, south of Hormozgan province, is in dire need of special medical treatment outside the prison. He is in a situation that his life is in danger, and being long away from a proper treatment has exacerbated this situation.

The statement indicates that Afshin Sohrabzadeh, 24, and political prisoner, is suffering from severe gastritis which has put his life in danger, and now is also suffering from respiratory difficulties and internal bleeding, and because of medical problems and serious physical condition, is in dire need of special medical treatment, but so far his request has been ignored.

HRANA had reported earlier that, despite follow-up of his family in the early summer of 2015, with a payment of 4 million tomans, this prisoner was transferred to Evin prison for medical treatment, and after several months without medical treatment and due to high costs (about 70 million tomans) and the family’s inability to afford it, he was transferred back to Minab prison, and in total his return to his previous place cost his family 1 million and 200 thousands tomans.

According to this prisoner’s relatives, Mr Sohrabzadeh has been beaten by the intelligence agents during his interrogation in Kamyaran that led to “Hernia, breaking his nose, and bladder problems”, so that he was admitted twice in Sanandaj hospital for a period of 10 days at each time.

Afshin Sohrabzadeh had a bowel surgery in 2015, which was unsuccessful and led to infection and internal bleeding.

His family deposited 200 million tomans to receive medical furlough for him, which was refused by Minab prison, in 2014, and then they tried again in 2015 by depositing a home ownership deed, but due to the Minab prison’s authority’s objection, they have not been successful yet.

It should be noted that despite the high cost of the treatment and medication and the inability of his family to pay the expenses, the prisoner is deprived of having his insurance support as his identification documents were seized at the time of his arrest.

Afshin Sohrabzadeh, born in 1990, was arrested by the Kamyaran intelligence services in a bus between Sannadaj and Kamyaran, near Gavshan dam on charges of fleeing the country to join one of the Kurdish parties, on 8th June 2009.

It is to say that Sohrabzadeh was transferred to the Central prison of Sanandaj, after interrogation at the Intelligence Office in Kamyaran, and then he was exiled to Minab prison, in February 2011.

Afshin Sohrabzadeh was charged with Muharebeh through membership in opposition parties in a 5-minute-long trial in Branch 2 of Sanandaj Court, presided by Judge Tayari, and was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment and exile to Minab prison. The sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court.