Deteriorating Health of Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike

 

HRANA News Agency – Reports from Rajai-Shahr prison indicate that the physical condition of political prisoners who are currently on hunger strike has worsened while their health is deteriorating fast.

 

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), a number of political prisoners in Section 12 of Ward 4 in Karaj’s Rajai-Shahr prison began their hunger strike on May 22, 2011.  On the seventh day of this hunger strike, prisoners’ physical condition is reported to be critical.

 

The web site of Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran has reported that the political prisoners have become physically weak and suffer from headaches, fatigue and a number of other symptoms.  Keyvan Samimi, Mehdi Mahmoudian and Essa Sahar are amongst the prisoners whose condition is critical.

 

Meanwhile, the authorities continue to refuse addressing the prisoners’ rightful demands.  Additionally, there has been no news of Rasoul Badaghi’s condition since he was transferred to solitary confinement in Ward 1 of Rajai-Shahr prison on the fifth day of the hunger strike.

 

Shirazi Citizen Convicted Under Retribution Law

 

HRANA News Agency – The second branch of Fars Province Criminal Court has sentenced a man named Ardalan to death for the murder of a woman called Mahboubeh.

According to a report by Iranian state newspaper [owned by IRNA], Ardalan was charged with killing his sister-in-law and confessed to his crime during the trial.

In the same article, Ardalan has been quoted to say, “I worked in my brother-in-law’s firm, but because of financial problems, I had to steal from the company.  I was fired when they found out about it.  My life was ruined as a result.  While I was embarrassed in front of my wife and children, my brother-in-law and his family lived in luxury. So I decide to take revenge from him.  On the day of the incident, I managed to find an ax and went to his house.  When I arrived, Mahboubeh greeted me warmly.  However, when I had the opportunity, I took the ax which was hidden in my clothes and hit Mahboubeh a few times over her head.  Watching this scene, her two children were terrified and crying.  While I was confused and didn’t know what to do, I approached them and hit them with a few blows too.  Afterwards, assuming that they are all dead, I took my sister-in-law’s bracelets and escaped.”

It has been reported that the next of kin has also requested retribution.

 

 

Rasoul Badaghi Transferred to Solitary Confinement

HRANA News Agency – The imprisoned teacher, Rasoul Badaghi, has been transferred to one of the solitary confinements in Ward 1 of Gohardasht prison on the fifth day of his hunger strike.

 

According to a report released on the web site of Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran, on Sunday, May 22, 2011, Rasoul Badaghi together with a number of other prisoners announced the beginning of his hunger strike in a letter outlining prisoners’ demands.  In this letter, prisoners state that until their requests are not met, they will continue their hunger strike.  Rasoul Badaghi in protest to the ongoing oppression in Iran, the lack of freedom of speech, the absence of independent organizations, the continuing trend of show trials, the infliction of inhuman restrictions on political prisoners and the increasing pressures on their families has been on hunger strike for five days.

 

On May 26, 2011, instead of investigating Rasoul Badaghi’s legitimate demands, interrogators of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence ordered his transfer to solitary confinement.  However, Rasoul Badaghi has announced that until his demands are not met, he will not end his hunger strike.

 

Rasoul Badaghi has outlined his requests clearly as follows:

  • Full implementation of prisons’ statute including visits, access to phone and the right to furlough
  • Ending any and all forms of pressures on the families of political prisoners
  • Immediate improvement of prisoners’ welfare and conditions

 

It must be noted that Rasoul Badaghi’s health and physical condition is by no means well, and other political prisoners are extremely concerned about his well-being.  Currently, in addition to Rasoul Badaghi, a number of other political prisoners including Keyvan Samimi and Mehdi Mahmoodian are on hunger strike.

 

Two Citizens Hanged in Qazvin’s Central Prison

HRANA News Agency – At dawn this morning, Saturday, May 14, 2011, two individuals who were previously sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court were hanged in Qazvin’s central prison.

 

According to a report by the Islamic Republic news Agency (IRNA), in regards to today’s executions, Qazvin’s Prosecutor Ismail Sadeghi Niarki said, “Two individuals, ‘H. M.’ 40 years old and ‘R. H.’ 38 years old were hanged for drug trafficking. ‘H. M.’ was a resident of Tabriz living in the city of Maynavard.”

Ismail Sadeghi Niarki added, “According to the new judicial policies of Qazvin Province to effectively deal with drug offenders, in 2010, we have seen an increase of 128% in drug related arrests compared to 2009.  With the implementation of these policies and stricter drug laws, we have arrested 50 offenders connected to drug networks buying, selling and distrusting illegal substances in Qazvin Province.  Amongst them, there are 40 individuals who have committed serious crimes and received harsher punishments.”

 

 

 

 

Baluchi Teenager Taken Hostage by Intelligence Agency for 20 months

 

HRANA News Agency – Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi, a Baluchi teenager who was kidnapped by the Iranian Intelligence Agency 20 months ago, still remains locked up in solitary confinement.

 

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), this Baluchi teenager was arrested in late 2009 in Chahbahar County because his brother refused to cooperate with the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi has been locked up since then in solitary confinement in a detention center in the city of Zahedan, [Sistan and Baluchestan Province].

 

In the last twenty months, Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi has been denied access to phone or visits with his family.  During this time, he has also been unable to attend school and has fallen behind his education.

 

Since Zahedan Intelligence Agency has neither offered any explanation regarding this teenager’s continued detention nor Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi has been tried for any crimes, it is safe to conclude that the arrest has been done illegally.

 

In an earlier interview with HRANA, Mohammad’s brother expressed his concern and said that he was worried about his brother’s continued detention since the Intelligence Agency could be holding Mohammad hostage until he would be at a legal age to be executed.

 

Despite the fact that one year ago the news of this arrest was published, and Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi was introduced to the world as Iran’s youngest political prisoner, human rights organizations inside or outside Iran have made no effort to look into this prisoner’s condition.

 

In short, Mohammad Saber Malek Raisi has been denied the right to attend school or pursuit a normal life for twenty months, and his family has not been allowed to see their child for the same period of time.

 

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Three Hanged in Public; One Hanged in Yazd Prison

HRANA News Agency – On the morning of May 12, 2011, four individuals were hanged in the city of Yazd, [the capital of Yazd Province].

 

Yazd Province’s judiciary public relations announced that on Thursday, May 12, 2011, three execution sentences were carried out in public in front of Yazd’s central prison, and another person was hanged inside the same prison in the presence of judicial officials.

 

According to this announcement, the four individuals were arrested in 2009 and 2010 in Meybod, Tabas and Yazd counties on charges of rape and were sentenced to death by Yazd Province’s criminal court.

 

Meanwhile, no independent sources have confirmed the charges against these individuals whose identities remain unknown.  It has been said that the rulings were confirmed by the Supreme Court, and their appeals were rejected by Yazd Province’s Pardon and Amnesty Commission.  The head of judiciary ultimately confirmed the sentences.

A Prisoner will be Hanged in Public on Thursday

HRANA News Agency – A prisoner identified as Mehdi Shahrivaz will be hanged in public on Thursday, May 26, 2011.  Iranian judiciary authorities have announced that this prisoner was arrested for murder and after being tried for this crime, he has received the death penalty.

 

According to a report by Borna News Agency, an Iranian judiciary official has said, “With the permission of the head of Judiciary Branch, the case has been referred to the sentence enforcement unit in Qazvin, [a city northwest of Iran].  The death penalty for the second serial killer in Qazvin will be carried out in public in Isfahan St. (Iran Gaz) at 7:00am on Thursday, May 26, 2011.”

 

On September 18, 2010, Mehdi Shahrivaz was tried by the second branch of Qazvin’s Criminal Court.  According to Iranian judiciary officials, in two separate public and closed hearings, the defendant confessed to killing five women and stealing their money and gold.  Iranian judiciary officials have also declared that the defendant has pleaded with victims’ families for forgiveness.

 

 

 

Four Individuals Hanged in Kerman

HRANA News Agency – On Thursday, May 12, 2011, four citizens were hanged in prison in the city of Kerman [Kerman Province].  The Judiciary officials in Kerman Province have released the identity of the prisoners to be “A. A,” “N. B,” “N. D” and “A. B.”

 

These four individuals were charged with trafficking heroin and crack and carrying 20 thousand vials of Norgesic syringes and were subsequently sentenced to death by the Revolutionary court in Kerman.  Reports indicate that requests to pardon or reduced their sentences were rejected by the authorities.

 

Mehdi Mahmoudian Transferred to Solitary Confinement in Rajai Shahr Prison

 

HRANA News Agency – Mehdi Mahmoudian, an imprisoned journalist in Rajai Shahr prison, have been transferred to solitary confinement after publishing a letter detailing the ongoing human tragedies occurring in this prison.

 

According to a report by Jaras News, on Wednesday, Mehdi Mahmoudian was transferred from the special ward housing political prisoners to the solitary confinement.  Additionally, Jaras sources have reported that Mehdi Mahmoudian’s family has been banned from seeing him.

On Thursday, Mehdi Mahmoudian’s parents went to Rajai Shahr prison but were not allowed to see their son.  In his letter, Mehdi Mahmoudian had predicted that after the publication of his letter disclosing the dire conditions in Rajai Shahr prison, the pressure on him would increase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Prisoners Hanged in Miandoab

HRANA News Agency – This morning, Tuesday May 10, 2011, three citizens were handed in Miandoab Prison, [West Azerbaijan Province].

 

Miandoab’s judiciary chief, Mostafa Habibi, in an interview with IRNA confirmed the execution of three prisoners and said, “One of these individuals was from Miandoab and the other two from Urmia County [West Azerbaijan Province].  They were arrested in Miandoab and sent to prison there.”

 

Mostafa Habibi added, “These individuals were hanged after the death sentences were issued by Miandoab’s judiciary and the ruling was upheld by the Supreme Court.”

 

These three prisoners were charged with drug trafficking although the charges have not been verified by an independent source.

 

Yesterday, five other prisoners were executed in the central prison in Urmia County [West Azerbaijan Province].  According to reporters of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Aref Rashidpur from the village of Mavaneh and Esfandiar Manda from the village of Haghi in Urmia County [West Azerbaijan Province] were two of the prisoners who were hanged.