Narges Mohammadi Returned to the Prison without Proper Medical Treatment

HRANA News Agency – Narges Mohammadi, imprisoned human rights activist, who was taken to the hospital following deterioration of physical health condition, was returned to prison without completing treatment and in a semiconscious state.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Narges Mohammadi’s family who went to Evin prison for a visit with her, on Sunday 2nd August, found that this imprisoned lawyer had been transferred to the prison from hospital, just 2 hours before the visit time.

According to the reports, Narges Mohammadi, after eight hours of suffering from muscle paralysis was transferred to Taleghani Hospital in Tehran, and placed under medical care but doctors, in Taleghani hospital, after the preliminary examinations said that Ms. Mohammadi should be under a specialist’s medical supervision. Despite this advice and doctors emphasis on the need for a medical examination of this human rights activist by a specialist, the officials in the judiciary returned back Ms. Mohammadi to Evin prison, two hours before the weekly visit.

However, Narges Mohammadi was not well conscious to have a visit with the family.

It should be noted that the retrial of Narges Mohammadi was supposed to be on 6th July, but it was not held for some unknown reasons and also she was not sent to the court. Most recently, Taghi Rahmani, her husband, referring to the physical condition of this imprisoned civil activist, mentioned the authorities’ responsibility for the consequences of holding her in prison.

Narges Mohammadi, a human rights activist, journalist, political prisoner and spokesperson for the Human Rights Association and the head of the Iran Peace Council’s Executive Board, was arrested at her home by the security forces on the fifth of May this year after repeatedly being summoned and threatened by the security forces, and was sent to Evin prison to serve her 6 years imprisonment.

This human rights activist was summoned and arrested several times previously. She had served in prison from 10th June to 2nd 2010, being seriously ill in custody as a result of nervous shock. In September of the same year, she was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment by Branch 28 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court for “Gathering and collusion against national security, membership in the Human Rights Defenders and propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran”. The sentence was reduced to 6 years in March 2011. Again on 21th April 2012, she was detained in Zanjan and was transferred to Evin prison, and then on 16th May, was transferred to the prison in Zanjan city. Narges Mohammadi, who was seriously ill, was transferred to Valiasr hospital in Zanjan city, on 9th July.

She benefited from medical leave and was release temporarily on a bail of 600 million Tomans, on 31st July, but still she was a victim of being summoned and threatened and harassment by the judicial authorities and security forces.

She was summoned and interrogated by the Prosecutor’s Office based on Evin prison, on 1st June.

Investigators of the persecution informed her that she was banned from leaving the country. She had been summoned to Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, on 3rd May, for a trial on charges of “Acting against national security” and “Propaganda against the regime”, activities after the release and participation in campaigns such as the “Abolition of death sentence” and the fight against impunity.

She is a supporter of imprisoned blogger Sattar Beheshti’s mother, who was killed in FATA police custody (Cyber Police) on 3rd November 2012.

Narges Mohammadi’s arrest led to widespread reactions. Some of her companions including Gohar Eshghi, mother of Sattar Beheshti, Mohammad Nourizad, journalist and former political prisoner, Mohammad Maleki, Iran’s leading academic figure, staged a protest in front of Evin prison, just hours after her arrest.

Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, by an open letter has asked UN special rapporteurs, including the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Council of the United Nations for the human rights situation in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, to apply whatever they could for the freedom of Narges Mohammadi.

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