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Posted on: 18th May, 2017
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Mohammad Reza Nekounam

HRANA News Agency – Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Nekounam, imprisoned dissident cleric was transferred from hospital to the Saheli prison, in Qom.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Ayatollah Nekounam, the Shiite grand ayatollah, was returned from a hospital in Tehran to Saheli prison, in Qom.

HRANA had reported earlier that Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Nekounam, critic and independent Shiite Marja, following the “physical deterioration” caused by the effects of a stroke and 35-day hunger and medicine strike, was transferred to “an undisclosed hospital in Tehran”, on January 31, 2017.

A source close to Ayatollah Nekounam told HRANA’s reporter: “We had heard that he was admitted in Baghiatullah hospital of the Revolutionary Guards.”

Within 16 days of being admitted to hospital, forensics re-examined him once, on February 11, and gave his opinion on the Ayatollah’s inability to endure the imprisonment sentence, considering his medical records.

This source continued: “However, these medical advises have not led to SCC, as a policy-making body, vote to parole or medical leave for this ill imprisoned cleric, although he has served one third of his imprisonment.”

Earlier, HRANA had reported that doctors treating him have informed the relevant authorities of the risk of his further stroke and coma.

Also during the recent last weeks, Amnesty International issued an urgent action and demanded an investigation into the situation of Ayatollah Nekounam, in Saheli prison, in Qom.

Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Nekonam, Shiite Marja and dissident cleric, was held in Qom prison with a sentence of 5 years imprisonment. After about 18 months imprisonment on June 23, he was transferred from prison to his home, but after a short time he was arrested at his home, on July 7, and again was transferred to Saheli prison in Qom.

In the previous reports it had not been clear if he was out of prison for furlough or on parole.In such a short time of freedom, security forces were monitoring the commuting to the house of Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Nekonam and imposed illegal restrictions on his ties and calls, although he was not in the prison.