Elderly Political Prisoner in Critical Health Condition in Women’s Ward of Evin Prison

HRANA News Agency – Nooshin Dokht Mir Abdulbaqi, 64, prisoner in women’s ward of Evin prison, in addition to aging and suffering from several physical and mental diseases, has got developed Alzheimer’s and her intolerance of serving imprisonment has been certified by a doctor. She has been sentenced to 34 years and 9 months imprisonment. In addition to multiple charges of insulting the head and founder of Iranian regime, she has been accused of “demonizing women’s condition and life in Iran.”

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Noshin Dokht Mir Abdulbaqi, born in 1952, suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. In the winter of 2014, she was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence and after about a month of interrogations and solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin Prison, she was transferred to the women’s ward of this prison on March 19, 2015.

In May 2015, she was released on the bail of 2 billion IRR. Ms. Mir Abdulbaqi was tried by Judge Ahmedzadeh and was sentenced to 34 years and 9 months imprisonment in 2015.

The charges listed in the warrant for this prisoner, are as follow: 1. Insulting the Supreme Leader, 2. insulting the Islamic Republic’s founder, 3. Blasphemy, 4. Assembly and collusion against internal and external security, 5. Propaganda against the regime, 6. Insulting senior officials of the regime through cyberspace, 7. Demonizing the status of women and their life in Iran, 8. Publicizing materials which led to ethnic conflicts and 9. Supporting the anti-revolutionary Kurdish groups.

Ms. Mir Abdulbaqi’s appeal court was held in Branch 54 of Tehran Revolutionary Court, headed by judge Pourarab and the verdict was precisely upheld. She defended herself without a lawyer, and never received a summons for execution of the verdict.

After receiving the warrant of confiscating the prisoner’s collateral property, she attended the Law-enforcement office of Shahid Moghadas Court in Evin, in October 2016. On the same day, she was informed by Nasirpour, Judge of Law-enforcement Office at Evin prison that the appeals court had confirmed her sentence and she was immediately arrested and transferred to Evin prison.

A source close to Ms. Abdulbaqi’s family told HRANA’s reporter: “She usually forgets her medication. She has told other prisoners that she saw faces on the wall moving their lips, wanted to talk to her but she did not know what they said. Sometimes she forgets where she is and when she realizes that she is in jail, she does not remember the reason. The sentence of 34 years and 9 months imprisonment has been stated in her prison paper. Confirmation of her Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia are in her file.”

This informed source added: “Her medical record since 2003 is in her file. According to available medical records and examinations conducted by infirmary and forensic doctors of Evin prison, she is entitled of “intolerance to enduring imprisonment sentence”. Despite the medical commission and confirmation of intolerance to endure imprisonment sentence, still nothing has happened regarding this prisoner’s freedom”.

The source close to Mir Abdulbaqi family, at the end said: “She suffers from confusion, tremor particularly in maxillofacial and takes antidepressants, anti-illusion, comforting and heart palpitations medication. Ms. Mir Abdulbaqi had to double her medications after the execution of imprisonment sentence and because of the prison conditions and lack of medical care.”

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