A judicial official has responded to a complaint by Hossein Ronaghi regarding the dismal situation of political prisoners behind bars. The official answered, “Eventually you will die, the media will make some noise for two weeks and then they will be done.”
According to the Kaleme website, jailed political activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki faced a harsh reaction from a judicial official during a short meeting in Ward 350 of Evin prison regarding the poor quality of the food, lack of medical care, shortage of medication, and the disregard for the unsafe prison conditions that has created a dangerous situation for sick prisoners such as him and others.
Regarding his request for furlough due to his immediate medical needs, the judicial official said that the Ministry of Intelligence had not submitted a request by Ronaghi to the Ministry of Justice. This is despite the fact that senior judicial officials have the independent authority and often make the decision regarding granting furlough.
Per medical specialists, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki who is suffering from loss of function in his kidneys, inflicted with prostate disease and cystitis, must continue his medical treatment and receive appropriate after-care. It is imperative that his environment be stress free with adequate food and amenities, with easy and fast access to physicians and medical care in facilities specialized to take care of his needs.
In the past few days Ronaghi has had gastrointestinal bleeding due to the substandard food quality and lack of access to his physician. The bleeding has prevented him from being able to take the needed medication for his kidney and prostate disease.
The human rights activist who had been on medical furlough turned himself in at Evin prison on Tuesday May 21st after the ruling apparatus ordered him to return to prison due to the presidential elections upcoming at that time. He was ordered to go back to prison even though he was under specialized care that was necessary for his recovery.
Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was arrested during the aftermath of the contested presidential elections of 2009 by Intelligence agents. Judge Pir Abassi presiding over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court later handed him a 15-year prison sentence.
On August 22, 2012 Hossein Ronaghi who had been on medical leave from prison was detained along with his father and brother, Ahmad and Hasan Ronaghi Maleki, along with 33 other volunteers and social activists who had gone to the aid of earthquake victims in the province of Azerbaijan.
Ronaghi received a 2-year prison sentence handed on the charge of “gathering and collusion against national security” in the Azerbaijan earthquake zone. Per a ruling handed down by Branch 112 of the Tabriz Public Court, he was also sentenced to 6 months in prison on the charges of “endangering public health through distribution of moldy bread,” and “disobeying an officer.”
With the additional rulings, the total sentence for Hossein Ronaghi Maleki increased to 17.5 years in prison.