Hassan Rastgari Majd Ended His Hunger Strike after 32 Days

Posted on: 4th February, 2017
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Hassan Rastgari Majd

HRANA News Agency – Hassan Rastgari Majd, an Iranian-born Turkish citizen and political prisoner in Urmia Central Prison, ended his hunger strike on its thirty-second day with the judicial authorities’ favourable promise.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists news Agency in Iran (HRANA), Hassan Rastgari Majd ended his hunger strike and was transferred to general ward on January 4, 2017.

An informed source about the condition of Mr. Rastgari, in this regard told HRANA’s reporter: “Mr. Pashaei, the prison’s supervisor judge, had gone to his cell and as the representative of prosecutor, promised to consider his case. Mr. Pashaei has told him that his file was on the prosecutor’s desk and he has studied and believes that he had been oppressed. He would certainly call him for the trial, so he could end his hunger strike and then his demand would be addressed.”

Mr. Rastgari was transferred to prison’s infirmary and received medical care and also had a visit with his family, after he ended his hunger strike.

Hassan Rastgari Majd had gone on hunger strike to protest against his juridical condition and at the same time he had written to the prison officials and to Consulate of Turkey, in Urmia, about his hunger strike, on Saturday, December 3, 2016.

This prisoner was transferred to solitary confinement by Urmia prison’s officials, on Monday, December 5, 2016.

Earlier, a close source to the political prisoner had told HRANA, “The authorities including Mr. Abdullahi, responsible for implementing the provisions of Orumiyeh Prison, had visited him and promised to follow up his demands but Mr. Rastegari announced that he would continue until reaching his demands. They had told that they could follow three cases which were made for him in prison, but for the original conviction they could not do anything. ”

The source explains about the reasons for the protest, “He protests against his original sentence. He had been sentenced to 15 years in prison on charge of membership in PKK, and in another case, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison on charge of forging birth certificates and was sentenced to 3 years in prison on charge of illegal border crossing and also was sentenced to 3 years in prison on charge of illegal staying in the country.”

It is worth noting Hasan Rastegari, 43, son of Sultan, was arrested in Orumiyeh on October 27, 2014.

Mr. Rastegari had been sentenced to 15 years in prison on charge of “disturbing public order, acting against national security and collaborating with Kurdish opposition groups” by the Revolutionary Court in the city of Orumiyeh. The sentence was upheld on appeal. Mr. Rastegari was sentenced to one-year imprisonment on charge of “propaganda against the system”.