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Ayatollah Nekounam Transferred to a Hospital in Tehran

Posted on: 19th March, 2017
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Mohammad Reza Nekounam

HRANA News Agency – Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Nekounam, dissident cleric jailed in Saheli prison in Qom, was transferred to a hospital after being kept in the infirmary of the prison for 3 days. Although Mr. Nekounam had recently ended his 35-day hunger and medication strike, but his physical condition is still very bad.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), 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 and “undisclosed hospital in Tehran” on January 31, 2017.

A source close to this prisoner, told HRANA’s reporter: “His general health condition has deteriorated severely, and despite the passage of several days from the end of his hunger and medication strike, his blood pressure is not coming down from 200.”

This source also said: “He was admitted in the prison’s infirmary, in Saheli prison, in the city of Qom, and received medical care for couple of days.”

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

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.

It should be noted that, HRANA had published the relevant documents about this Shia Cleric, his medical condition and his case, in a detailed report.