Human Rights House of Iran – The judicial authorities have denied furlough for blogger and human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi who has been in detention for the past 14 months and is suffering from kidney problems.
The family of Hossein Ronaghi Maleki travelled to Tehran yesterday to request a medical prison leave for Maleki which has been denied.He had been transferred to the prison clinic last week and the medical staff had confirmed that he needs to be transferred to a hospital outside of prison. According to the Human Rights House of Iran, his family had previously been informed that in case of authorization by the “higher officials”, he would be granted furlough on bail. In September, bail was set for Ronaghi but the cyber unit of IRGC denied his release. Ronaghi is suffering from kidney problems and needs surgery. He was arrested on December 13, 2009 at his father’s house in the city of Malekan and transferred to the solitary confinement of Evin Prison. He has been sentenced to 15 years in prison which was upheld by the appeals court.