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Ayoub Asadi Deprived of Medical Treatment in Kashmar Prison

Posted on: 22nd September, 2017
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Ayoub Asadi

HRANA News Agency – Ayoub Asadi is an ill and exiled political prisoner in Kashmar prison who suffers from asthma, lumbar disc disease, kidney problems, and vision loss in the left eye. Despite being allowed to go on leave, since about six years ago the security agencies have deprived him of being sent on medical leave and having medical treatment.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Ayoub Asadi, from Marivan, is in the seventh year of his imprisonment in Kashmar Prison in Khorasan Razavi province. Despite inappropriate physical conditions and the issuance of a bail of 2.5 billion IRR since two years ago, he has been prevented from having medical furlough with the intervention of the security forces.

A bail of 1800 million IRR had been issued for this political prisoner for sending him to furlough, but he was prevented from being sent by the security agencies’ objections on June 14, 2015. So that, the prisoner went on hunger strike in June last year, but he ended his strike on his family’s request and the promise of the prosecutor to agree with sending him on conditional leave by increasing the amount of the bail to 2.5 billion IRR, but despite his illness and inappropriate physical conditions the security authorities continued to oppose sending this exiled prisoner on leave.

Ayoub Asadi has been deprived of visiting his mother, in addition to his inadequate physical condition, due to his mother’s illness and the long distance between Kashmar and Marivan.

A source close to Asadi’s family told HRANA’s reporter: “Regarding the inappropriate condition of this prisoner’s mother, and the 1,400-kilometer distance between this prisoner and his family, he has been deprived of visiting his family for more than two years. His mother has been hospitalized for two weeks.”

The source told HRANA’s reporter: “The reason for preventing him from having medical leave is not completely clear. However, earlier, prison authorities had announced that the reason for refusing medical leave for this prisoner is that, a number of prisoners have escaped recently during their medical leave time.”

This source added: “In addition to his breathing problem, he suffers from kidney problems and reduced visual acuity in the left eye because of a hunger strike last year.”

It should be noted that this exiled political prisoner, who is suffering from asthma, lumbar disc disease and intestinal discomfort, had gone on hunger strike on June 5, 2016, to protest against lack of medical care and deprivation of medical leave, and unfair sentence of 20 years imprisonment. He terminated his strike after twenty-nine days, by his family’s insisting, while he was only given a promise of being sent to the hospital for the treatment of his illness, and without paying attention to his other demands, including medical leave and reconsidering the unfair sentence of 20 years imprisonment.

Ayoub Assadi from Marjavan, in Kurdistan province, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards in one of Sanandaj villages in 2011, and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment and exiled to Kashmar Prison by Branch one of the Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj on charges of Muharebeh through cooperation with one of the Kurdish opposition parties.

A source close to Ayoub Asadi had previously told HRANA’s reporter: “Ayoub was not affiliated with any party and group and was working as a taxi driver with his own car. He was arrested and tried along with his passengers who had asked him to drive them to a location with a considerable payment.”