Civil Activist Arasham Rezai On Hunger Strike, Refuses to Take Medicine

Civil Activist Arasham Rezai Wend on a Hunger Strike and Refused to Take Medicine

Imprisoned civil activist Arasham (Mahmood) Rezai went on hunger strike and refused to take medicine in protest against the refusal of his request for medical furlough. He needs urgent treatment for a hiatal hernia, stomach infection and duodenal ulcer.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Rezai, a civil activist imprisoned in Rajai Shahr Prison, went on a hunger strike and refused to take his medicines.

On February 2, 2022, he was dispatched to the Hospital in Karaj City where he was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, stomach infection and duodenal ulcer for which he needs treatment. Nonetheless, his request for a medical furlough has been rejected.

Moreover, he is suffering from damages to his left knee due to torture and being beaten by a shocker.

According to an informed source, prison officials will not dispatch him to a hospital for an MRI despite the prescription of a prison doctor.

Rezai was arrested on January 7 of 2019 by the regime’s intelligence and security forces. On November 13 of that year, he was released on bail for 2 billion Rial (approx. 8000 dollars).

On February 26, 2019, the Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced Rezai, without informing the defendant’s attorney that the court session was taking place, to eight years and six months imprisonment on the charges of “propaganda against the regime”, “assembly and collusion against national security”, and “offensive statements against the supreme leader of Iran”. Grounded on Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, for the second charge, the severest punishment of 5 years was enforceable.

To serve his sentence, on October 18, 2020, he was arrested and transferred to a solitary confinement cell in Rajai Shahr Prison. Finally, he was relocated to a public section of this prison on December 19 2020.

On January 20 of this year, on new charges, the revolutionary court sentenced him to an additional 15 months imprisonment (which was later reduced to 11 months on appeal) and 4 months penal labour.

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