Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Asghar Ghatan, 60-year old cancer stricken political prisoner who was first denied furlough, has been granted medical release on bail.
This political prisoner who suffers from several ailments including hyperlipidemia, kidney disease and heart failure was often incapacitated in prison. His physician state would deteriorate to the extent that often he was not able to even move. Due to his various illnesses he takes about 30 pills a day to survive. Despite his dire physical condition authorities had refused a hospital transfer but he was finally granted medical furlough on August 19.
Asghar Ghatan, political prisoner who was arrested in the 1980’s when thousands of activists were arrested and massacred by the regime, served 6 years in prison before being released in 1991. When he was detained again he was handed a 5.5-year prison sentence and has been serving his term behind bars in Evin prison since 2010.