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Arash Sadeghi Prevented from Being Sent to the Hospital

Posted on: 22nd June, 2017
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HRANA News Agency – Arash Sadeghi civic activist in ward 350 of Evin Prison was prevented from being sent to the hospital despite the dispatch permissions and emphasis of the doctor to examine him due to his refusal of wearing the prison uniform because the uniform was impure. Mr. Sadeghi suffered from chronic inflammatory diseases of the airways (asthma), bleeding in the stomach and intestinal colitis, caused by prolonged hunger strike and lack of hospital treatment. On the other hand, he is prevented from meeting his wife Golrokh Irei who is serving her sentence in women’s ward of Evin prison, by “the prosecutor’s orders”.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Arash Sadeghi was prevented from being sent to the hospital despite the permissions on March 7, 2017.

A source close to Arash Sadeghi told HRANA’s reporter “Arash was supposed to be sent to Imam Khomeini hospital but he was told to wear uniform. Arash refused to wear prison uniform because the uniform was impure so he was prevented from being sent to the hospital.”

The source also added, “Arash is being prevented from meeting his wife Golrokh Irai who is serving her sentence in women’s ward of Evin prison, by the prosecutor’s orders.”

Mr. Sadeghi due to the development of stomach ulcers and bleeding is not able to eat solid food and adequate food does not exist at the buffet in prison. Mr. Sadeghi suffered from chronic inflammatory diseases of the airways (asthma), bleeding in the stomach and intestinal colitis, caused by prolonged hunger strike and lack of hospital treatment.

HRANA had previously reported that Mr. Sadeghi, who suffers from aspiratory chronic inflammation disease (asthma), stomach bleeding and intestinal colitis, caused by long term hunger strike, has also got intestinal colitis.

Arash Sadeghi was transferred to Imam Khomeini hospital in Tehran and after some medical tests, on February 6, 2017, was returned to prison, while he had just ended his second hunger strike due to the prosecution’s promises.

This civil rights activist who had gone on hunger strike for the second time on January 22, at the same time as Golrokh Irai’s was arrested, was transferred to ward 350 on January 25, which is a place with minimum communication facilities with outside.

Mr. Sadeghi who started his second hunger strike just a few days after ending his first 71-day-long hunger strike, while being in a critical physical condition, has inappropriate health condition. Mr. Sadeghi had been transferred to ward 2-A of the Revolutionary Guards, in Evin prison, “under the pretext of” transition to hospital on January 25, and after three days he was transferred to ward 350. His personal belongings including his “watch and wedding ring” have disappeared in this moving.

Arash Sadeghi, civil activist imprisoned in Evin Prison, had started a hunger strike, demanding a fair trial to address the accusations against his wife, Golrokh Irai, which he ended after 71 days with the promise of considering his demands by the authorities, when his wife left the prison on January 3.

However, just after two weeks of sending Golrokh on leave, and while Arash had ended his hunger strike, the authorities breached their promise and arrested Mrs Irai and returned her to prison, on January 22, so that Arash, despite his very critical physical condition, due to his long term hunger strike, went on hunger strike again, to protest against the authorities breach of promises.

It should be mentioned that on his latest referral to the hospital the specialist doctor confirmed that he had stomach bleeding up to 12.5%, shortage of hemoglobin (anemia), serious and severe lung infection and had to be hospitalized for at least 4 to 5 days.

However, due to the prosecutor, prison security and Sarallh Corps pressure, this prisoner was returned to Evin prison on February 6, 2017.

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