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Maryam Akbari Monfared Deprived of Medical Treatment in Evin Prison

Posted on: 3rd March, 2017
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HRANA News Agency – Maryam Akbari Monfared, political prisoner in Women’s ward in Evin prison, despite her illness, is deprived of medical treatment and hospital, while her illness’s condition is getting more complicated.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Maryam Akbari Monfared, political prisoner in Women’s ward of Evin prison, suffers from severe pain in the knee and foot because of prevention of treatment for her rheumatism disease, and this is while prison officials, despite awareness of her physical condition, have refused to send her to medical centers for treatment.

An informed source, regarding Ms. Akbari Monfared’s condition, told HRANA’s reporter: “Mary suffers from severe pain in her legs, especially her knees, and told her family in the visit that she could not sleep at night because of the pain. However, prison officials do not care and do not provide treatment for her.”

According to this source, until 2 months ago, Maryam Akbari used to be sent to medical centers outside the prison, along with several security forces, to get treatment for her leg and rheumatism disease. However, since she wrote a public letter asking for clarification of the fate of her brothers and sisters who were executed in the 80s, the prosecution authorities in an act of “revenge” stopped her treatment process. This action, according to prison officials, was done on the orders of Tehran prosecutor’s office.

Amnesty International recently issued a statement referring to the improper condition of Maryam Akbari Monfared, political prisoner in Evin Prison.

Amnesty International, in a statement which was released on Thursday November 3, had emphasized that, Maryam Akbari Monfared, political prisoner who is spending her 15 years of imprisonment in Evin prison, has been deprived of medical treatment, because of suing the Judiciary System of Iran, asking justice for her executed family members in 1981. This is while; this political prisoner is suffering from thyroid and joint rheumatism and needs medical care and treatment, outside the prison.

This organization had warned of the consequences of interruptions in the treatment of Akbari Monfared, and had asked for reducing the pressures on this political prisoner.

Earlier, Maryam Akbari Monfared had sued the officials responsible for the death of “four members of her family in 1980’s in mass executions”, from inside the Evin prison, and also wrote another letter and “asked the international organizations, particularly the United Nations” to “hold a fair trial for those responsible for the executions in 1988 and do not let the verdict against Ahmad Montazeri comes into force”.

Maryam Akbari Monfared has written in her complaint that, her younger brother, Abdolreza Akbari Monfared at the age of 17 was arrested because he distributed the Mojahed paper in 1980, and was sentenced to three years imprisonment, but many years after ending his imprisonment sentence, the judicial authorities rejected releasing him from prison, and executed him in 1988.

In the ceremony of seventh night of her other brother, Alireza Akbari Monfared, who was executed on September 19, 1981, on charge of supporting the PMOI, the security forces attacked the participants and organizers and arrested some of them including her mother and her sister Roghayeh Akbari Monfared. Her sister, who was mother of a young girl, was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment and was executed in 1988, while she had only a year remaining until end of her sentence.

Maryam Akbari Monfared was arrested in January 2010, after the events of Ashura, 2009, and was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on 1 June 2010 by Judge Salvati of Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court. This political prisoner’s charge is combat through membership in the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, the charge which she has repeatedly denied.

Akbari Monfared who was serving her sentence in Rajai Shahr, in May 2011 along with 8 female prisoners, was transferred to the Gharchak prison in Varamin. She then wrote numerous letters to protest against the prison conditions to clerics, authorities and Ahmad Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, and then she was transferred to the women’s ward in Evin prison.

Two brothers of Maryam Akbari Monfared were executed in 1981 and 1984 by the Revolutionary Courts in Iran, on charges of holding connection and membership in the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran. Her younger brother and her sister were executed in 1988 during the wave of executions of political prisoners in the summer of that year.

Earlier, in a letter to Ahmad Shaheed, Akbari Monfared had quoted what judge Salvati had told her: “You are paying for your sister and brothers.”