Behnam Ebrahimzadeh Deprived of Medical Furlough

Posted on: 15th March, 2016
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HRANA News Agency – The Court verdict of 7 years, 10 months and 15 days in prison for Behnam (Asad) Ebrahimzadeh, imprisoned labor activists in Rajai Shahr prison, has not been communicated to him in writing yet and his family is trying to get a furlough permission for him.

One of this imprisoned labor activist’s close relatives in an interview told HRANA, Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran: “Mr. Ebrahimzadeh’s family went to see Mr. Hajiloo, at Tehran Prosecutor’s Office, to apply for furlough. They were given a letter addressed to the Central Forensic Office located in St. Somayeh, for confirmation of the disease of Nima Ebrahimzadeh, son of this imprisoned labor activist. The Central Forensic Office referred them to the Forensic Office in West Tehran and then to Imam Khomeini hospital and next Wednesday they will get the result”.

The informed source about Behnam Ebrahimzadeh’s physical condition in prison, pointed out: “He is suffering from a slipped disc and arthritis of the neck and after several successive hunger strikes, has been experiencing severe stomach problems. In the case of arthritis of the neck, prison doctor had suggested surgery and gave a letter in this regard but the authorities have not agreed with it yet.”

An appeals court in Tehran sentenced Behnam Ebrahimzadeh to 7 years, 10 months and 15 days imprisonment and a fine of 450 thousand tomans, on August 1, 2015. He is charged with “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against the internal and external security” and “propaganda against the regime”. The primary sentence was 9 years in prison.

According to this source, this labor activist’s sentence was verbally announced and it has not been announced in writing yet. Mr. Ebrahimzadeh has objected to this “unjust” sentence and because of the lack of written notification, his family has not done anything through his lawyer.

He is spending the sixth year in prison. Behnam Ebrahimzadeh’s primary legal imprisonment sentence has ended long time ago and he is enduring the punishment that he has been accused for and sentenced inside the prison.

At the time of his conviction and serving his 5-year-imprisonment sentence, he was held in Evin Prison.

In addition, the charges of “violation of detention order” and “use of satellite equipment and game cards” were also part of the charges against the jailed worker. All of these charges were applied while he was in prison.

One of HRANA’s legal advisers, in this regard, had earlier said: “While it is impossible to prove the acting against national security from inside the prison, but though even, according to the new Islamic Penal Code which was valid when this verdict was issued, to all of these charges maximum charge should not be more than 5 years imprisonment, and this sentence is against the law.”

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh labor activist born in 1977, for the first time was detained in 2008 on charge of graffiti and propaganda in Oshnavieh.

Mr. Ebrahimzadeh was arrested for the second time in 2009 at the eve of International Workers’ Day, along with a group of civil activists in Laleh Park in Tehran and was released on the bail after a month.

For the third time he was arrested on May 23, 2010. He was for 4 months in solitary confinement in Evin prison and was interrogated under pressure, after his arrest, and then he was transferred to ward 350 of Evin Prison.

Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided over by Judge Salvati, in a short trial, without presence of a lawyer sentenced him to 20 years imprisonment, the sentence that was reduced on appeal to five years.

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh was beaten during the attack to ward 350 of Evin prison by prison guards, known as “Black Thursday”, and was transferred to solitary confinement in ward 240 for 15 days.

He was transferred to solitary confinement in Ward 209 in May, and later he was illegally exiled to Rajai Shahr prison, in Karaj.

His son, Nima, is suffering from cancer and his family has said due to Nima’s illness, difficult travel and financial restrictions, they were not able to attend the weekly visit to meet him.

Mr. Ebrahimzadeh has been repeatedly harassed and moved from one ward to another, also in Rajai Shahr prison and is now in ward 10 of Rajai Shahr prison, enduring his imprisonment sentence.