Ayatollah Nekounam Sent to Medical Furlough

Posted on: 31st August, 2017
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Mohammad Reza Nekounam

HRANA News Agency – Mohammad Reza Nekounam, dissident cleric in Saheli prison in Qom, was sent to medical leave. The length of this leave has not been determined.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Nekounam was sent to furlough after the agreement of the Special Clerical Court on Thursday June 1.

A source close to this critic cleric, explained: “His blood pressure and blood sugar have been severely fluctuated recently, and his eyes have had severe pain; his eyes’ pain has continued for a long time, and he has not taken any treatment because the prison health clinic does not have ophthalmology unit. However, the most important complication that led to his medical leave was severe kidney pain, which has been heightened by unknown reasons, recently”.

It should be recalled that in recent months, the coroner, for the third time has voted in March that this clergy is not able to tolerate imprisonment

Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Nekounam, a critic critical born in 1948, was arrested after a critical remark, on January 1, 2014, rejecting “Internet filtering and calling the high-speed internet as ill-gotten”, following the complaint by some of the influential clergymen.

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.