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Hossein Ronaghi: The issue is injustice and lawlessness

12079095_742066049270567_735153121159237293_nThe Prosecutor’s office has ordered the 1.4-billion toman bail with our home along with the homes of friends and neighbors as collateral to be seized.

What is adding further distress to my family and me is that according to the new laws, I have 4 more years of prison time therefore they can legally seize 400 mllion tomans (100 million per year) but in order to add torment, they intend to confiscate all the collateral properties which are worth more than 3 billion tomans.

Aside from all this, even assuming that I am guilty of the charges against me, if my sentencing had been made according to the Islamic Penal Code and the cyber crimes laws, I would have received 4 years maximum not 15 years in prison. So I have already spent 2 years more than what I should have in prison wasting my life and causing my health problems.

On the other hand, there are many legal means by which sending me back to prison can be avoided. Yet for six years my family and those around me have been subjected to hardship stemming from my imprisonment and probation. Even putting aside my health issues – which after five years the Prosecutor claims don’t exist according to the legal coroner’s office and that I am healthy – I don’t understand what the issue is when the Prosecutor’s office and IRGC units say this is not their concern?

I got in touch with the Prosecutor’s office and told them that because I object to their illegal actions I will not present myself to prison but they can come and arrest me. I assured them that I have no intention to run away or leave Iran and if they contact me I will present myself in front of the Prosecutor’s office or my father’s home where they can arrest me. However the consequences of whatever may happen to me in my poor physical condition or to my family will rest on the shoulders of the judiciary and IRGC intelligence units.

Going back to prison and tolerating more time behind bars is not the point. The issue is the lawlessness and injustice that is happening in the Islamic Republic when they do not adhere to their own laws.

This time I will stand until my death against these circumstances that I do not deserve.

http://www.ronaghi.me/2015/10/returntojail.html


Hossein Ronaghi’s brother expresses serious concern for his deteriorating health in prison.

Hossein Ronaghi

4/28/15

Hassan Ronaghi, brother of jailed activist Hossein Ronaghi:

Hossein’s condition is dangerous and his life is in danger; his kidney is failing, he has serious internal bleeding, intestinal issues and ulcers. Even though physicians have stressed Hossein must be hospitalized, every time he is transferred to the hospital, he returns without treatment.

Today he was again checked and the physicians stressed Hossein has acute gastric ulcers with thickened blood. But unfortunately despite the doctors’ recommendations Hossein was returned to prison without attaining any medical care.

Hossein’s life is in danger. It looks like those in charge wish to destroy Hossein and make sure he doesn’t come out of prison with his health intact.

Wishing those in charge would display some ethical behavior and humanity.
وضعیت حسین واقعا خطرناکه و جانش در خطر هست. الان کیله ش از بین رفته و خونریزی شدید داره و زخم معده حاد و غلظت خون هم جانش رو تهدید میکنه .
با وجود اینکه پزشکان اصرار بر بستری و درمان حسین دارند ولی مسولین از درمان حسین سر باز میزنند و هر دفعه که حسین را به بیمارستان میبرند همانطور بدون درمان به زندان بر میگردانند .

امروز پزشکان گفته اند که حسین کلیه ش از بین رفته و به شدت خونریزی داره و زخم معده ش حاد هست و خونش مشکل داره و غلظت پیدا کرده و براش خطرناکه ولی متاسفانه بدون توجه به توصیه پزشکان حسین به زندان برگردانده شد و جانش هر لحطه در خطر است .
ظاهرا مسولین قصد دارند حسین را با بیماری از بین ببرند و نگذارند حسین سالم از زندان بیرون بیاید .
کاش همین مسولین کمی انسانیت و وجدان به خرج بدهند .


Letter by father of Hossein Ronaghi to Tehran’s Chief Prosecutor

Hossein Ronaghi MalekiIn a letter to Tehran’s Chief Prosecutor, father of ailing activist and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki addressed his son’s medical situation behind bars.

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Hossein Ronaghi who was detained in 2009 following the disputed presidential election results has since suffered serious health issues as a result of the torture he endured in prison. Behind bars Ronaghi was inflicted with multiple ailments, went through seven operations and lost function in one kidney. In very poor health, he was released on medical furlough in September 2014. On February 28, 2015 he was without warning or legal explanation ordered back behind bars to serve his remaining 15-year sentence. He is now held in Ward 7 of Tehran’s Evin prison.

With over a month since his last transfer to prison, Hossein Ronaghi has been deprived of his medication and has not received any medical treatment, resulting in the further deterioration of his health.

Following is the letter provided to CHRR, written to the Chief Prosecutor by Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki regarding his ailing son’s medical situation.

April 6, 2015

Honorable Chief Prosecutor of the Public and Tehran Revolutionary Court, Mr. Jafari Dolatabadi,

Greetings,

Without consulting us authorities are planning on transferring my son Hossein Ronaghi to Shohadaye Tajrish Educational Hospital and I cannot allow my son to be taken to this medical facility without being accompanied by us.

We are concerned that officials might prescribe treatments and inject Hossein with medications that further endanger his health and they could have plans to end Hossein’s life in this manner. I have informed prison officials along with the Prison Inspections Agency and Mrs. Hassani at the Office of Prosecution Follow-Ups that Shohadaye Tajrish is a teaching hospital with no specialty in kidney treatment.

I have asked in the past that they not transfer my son Hossein to any hospital without my permission. I must be updated about my son’s medical situation and be involved in the decisions made pertaining to his health. Since my son needs hospitalization again, it is imperative that I follow-up in a speedy manner in order to prevent what happened last time in the hands of officials resulting in my son losing function in one of his kidneys.

During the past month Hossein’s transfer to a medical facility has been prohibited and he has not been given any of his medication, resulting in his health plunging further. Now that Hossein’s health has worsened as a direct result of the actions of certain officials, they want to take him to the teaching center of Shohadaye Tajrish Educational Hospital, a facility with no expertise in Hossein’s condition.

Last time he was taken to Baqiyatallah Hospital, physicians had made recommendations for Hossein to be hospitalized and undergo surgery, and documents for his treatment were available. But unfortunately we were not informed of this and everything was concealed from us, leading to Hossein losing function in one kidney. The officials involved were directly responsible for worsening Hossein’s physical condition.

I have contacted the Prosecutor’s office, the Prisons Inspection Agency, and prison authorities and told them I will not allow my child to be admitted to Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital. They must let us know when they plan on transferring Hossein to a hospital so that we can be by his side. For we do not trust some of the officials and if we are not present they could use the opportunity to get rid of Hossein.

My request from the honorable Prosecutor is for a speedy inquiry in order to prevent further endangerment of my son’s life, and for an end to his incarceration as soon as possible.

Seyed Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki Father of political prisoner, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

دادستان محترم دادسرای عمومی و انقلاب تهران جناب آقای جعفری دولت آبادی

۱۷/۱/۹۴ با سلام فرزندم حسین رونقی را بدون هماهنگی و بدون اینکه به ما خبر بدهند به بیمارستان شهدای تجریش میخواهند ببرند و بنده به عنوان پدر حسین رونقی اجازه نمی دهم بدون حضور ما حسین را به مرکز درمانی و آموزشی شهدای تجریش ببرند .

ما نگران هستیم که شاید دارو و یا آمپولی در آن بیمارستان به دستور برخی مسولین دیگر به حسین تجویز کنند که جان حسین را به خطر بیاندازد و شاید قصد از بین بردن حسین را از این طریق داشته باشند .چرا که شهدای تجریش مرکز پزشکی و آموزشی میباشد و هیچ گونه امکانات تخصصی برای درمان کلیه در آن وجود ندارد . وبا وجود اینکه به مسولین زندان و سازمان بازرسی زندانهای کشورو نیز دفتر پیگیری دادستانی خانم حسنی نیز گفته ام .

قبلا گفته ام که فرزند م حسین را بدون اجازه بنده به بیمارستان انتقال ندهند وبا هماهنگی بنده که در نزد پسرم باشم و ما هم از حال و وضعیت حسین آگاه شویم که اگر نیاز به درمان و بستری باشد پیگیر باشم و فرزندم را زودتر درمان نمایم تا مانند دفعه قبل توسط برخی مسولین فرزندم کلیه دیگرش را از دست ندهد و مشکل دیگری برایش ایجاد نشود .

در این یک ماه اجازه درمان وانتقال به بیمارستان ندادند و حتی نگذاشتند دارویی به حسین داده شود و این امر باعث شده حسین وضعیتش بدتر شود و حال بعد از آنکه بیماری حسین به دلیل عملکرد برخی مسولین بدتر شده است می خواهند حسین را بدون هماهنگی به مرکز آموزشی و درمانی شهدای تجریش که هیچ گونه امکانات تخصصی ندارد ببرند.

چرا که قبلا هم که به بیمارستان بقیه الله برده بودند و پزشکان نوشته بودند که حسین هر چه زودتر باید بستری و عمل جراحی و درمان شود و مدارک نیز موجود است ولی متاسفانه به ما خبر نداده بودند و قایم کرده بودند که این امرباعث شد حسین کلیه ش را از دست بدهد و عامل به خطر افتادن جان حسین و بدتر شدن وضعیتش بعضی مسولین مربوطه بودند .

بنده با دفتر پیگیری دادستانی و سازمان بازرسی زندانها ی کشورو مسولین زندان تماس گرفتم و گفتم اجازه نمی دهم فرزندم را به بیمارستان شهدای تجریش ببرند و در زمان انتقال به بیمارستان باید به ماخبر بدهند تا در کنار حسین باشیم چرا که به بعضی از مسولین اعتماد نداریم و امکان دارد دستور بدهند بلایی سر پسرم بیاورند و از نبودن ما در کنار حسین به عنوان فرصتی برای از بین بردن حسین استفاده نمایند .

از داداستان محترم تقاضای رسیدگی فوری و قانونی را تقاضامندم تا جان فرزندم بیشتر از این در خطر نباشد و تقاضای آزادی هر چه زودتر فرزندم را دارم .

سید احمد رونقی ملکی پدر زندانی سیاسی حسین رونقی ملکی

http://chrr.biz/spip.php?article21748

http://chrr.biz/spip.php?article21747


Mahdieh Golru, detained activist allowed one brief phone call to her husband

The Jaras website reports that Mahdieh Golru, women’s rights and students’ rights activist who was detained in the wake of protests against recent acid attacks in the city of Isfahan, was allowed to make a very brief phone call to her husband Vahid Lalipour after being held incommunicado, and only reported that she was ok.

According to the Women Citizens Association, the arrest warrant for Mahdieh Golru was issued by Mr. Khorshidi from the Investigative Branch 2 of Evin prison and the court is reviewing her file. Per reports Mahdieh Golru has been transferred to a solitary cell in Evin prison but there is no indication of which ward she is being kept in.

Mahdieh Golru is a women’s rights activist who is a member of the Women Citizens Association. She was previously detained in December 2009 during the time of mass unrest following the presidential elections. She was released after spending 30 months behind bars.

On October 22, Golru took part in peaceful protests against the wave of acid attacks that had taken place in the city of Isfahan. She was among a crowd who gathered across the parliament building in Tehran and voiced their concern about the safety of women in public.

On October 26, security agents raided the home of Mahdieh Golru, and detained her after conducting a massive search. During the raid her personal items such as her computer were confiscated. Golru has been held incommunicado besides the brief phone contact with her husband and there is no news of her condition.

source: http://www.rahesabz.net/story/87331/

Mahdieh Golru


Maryam Shafipour, student activist behind bars in Evin prison returned to the facility after a 6-day release on furlough

According to Sahamnews, 15 months after being held in prison without release, last week this political prisoner was finally allowed leave on furlough with a bail of 500 million tomans. Maryam Shafipour was detained without explanation on July 27, 2013 and was held under “temporary detention” for seven months under harsh interrogations before charges were filed.

Maryam Shafipour is a former agricultural engineering student from Qazvin International University who was suspended after 2 semesters and was expelled from university on her eighth semester due to her student activities, work on behalf of women and contents on her weblog. She was also a staff member of the women’s committee of Mehdi Karroubi’s presidential campaign.

Judge Salavati presiding over Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court handed Shafipour a 7-year prison sentence, which was appealed. Branch 54 of Tehran’s Court of Appeals later reduced the prison sentence to 4 years behind bars on the charges of “conspiring against national security” and “propaganda against the regime.”

http://sahamnews.org/1393/07/268222/

Maryam Shafipour


Another attack in Ward 350 of Evin prison- destruction and confiscation of personal property of prisoners with intent to incite violence

One day after the transfer of a group of Ward 350 prisoners where only 62 prisoners remain, 60 security guards raided the ward and in the pretext of doing a search, they ransacked the area, confiscated personal property and destroyed the prisoners’ belongings.

According to Kaleme, while there is intense worry for the wellbeing and fate of the political prisoners in Ward 350, the pressure and ill treatment of the prisoners has been escalating on a daily basis. During the past weeks there have been various news of changes taking place in the situation of the prisoners. On Wednesday afternoon a score of security guards accompanied by the Head of the prison, Ali Ashraf Rashidi along with the Deputy Head of the Tehran Prisons Organization and his Executive Vice-President Javad Momeni showed up at Ward 350 of Evin prison in an unprecedented and very threatening manner, and personally took part in the violent search of one of the prison units.

In yesterday’s incident, which had the hallmarks of the bloody prison raid on April 17, per order of the Head Warden the guards while bearing in mind the ensuing protest after the last incident, transferred a number of the prisoners to a different area of Ward 350 and enclosed them in that area.

The reports indicate that the prisoners were kept in the enclosed area for hours where they were threatened and harassed rudely by the prison warden. The political prisoners impeded the violence from escalating and turning into another melee by showing restraint despite the behavior of the guards.

The violent inspection on Wednesday ended with the destruction of belongings and confiscation of various personal items belonging to prisoners of conscience and political prisoners. The prisoners who had been moved to another area were not allowed to go back to their own cells and were forced to stay enclosed in a different area under difficult circumstances with no access to their personal items and belongings.

After the massive search was conducted, the right to get outside air was banned for all the prisoners and they were not allowed to go in the courtyard.

During the raid, the security personnel along with hurling insults told the prisoners that the plan was to dismantle Ward 350 and send prisoners to other wards in the facility. Judging by the aggressive nature of these recent incidents, the type of attacks, violence, destruction of property and threats, it is likely that the Head of the prison along with the Deputy Head have orchestrated a plan of action to create chaos and cause havoc in the facility.

http://www.kaleme.com/1393/05/23/klm-194754/

Evin


Extension of medical furlough denied for Bahareh Hedayat despite kidney stone surgery

Bahareh Hedayat was summoned back to prison by the prosecutor’s office despite her need for aftercare after undergoing kidney stone surgery.

According to Kaleme, political prisoner Bahareh Hedayat was finally granted medical furlough for surgery last week but was summoned back behind bars by the prosecutor’s office despite presenting medical documents stating her need for surgery confirmed by the state medical examiner and prison medics.

As a result this political prisoner who was hospitalized yesterday and underwent a surgical treatment to remove her kidney stones has to return to prison per orders of the prosecutor’s office despite recommendation by the physicians that she receive two weeks of aftercare for her recovery.

Amin Ahmadian, Bahareh’s Hedayat’s husband discussed the situation with Kaleme. “Yesterday an extension of medical furlough for Bahreh and for [jailed journalist] Mr. Zeidabadi was refused even though for the past 3 months we have pursued a medical furlough for surgical treatment of kidney stones and we presented all the medical documents to the prosecutor’s office.”

He said, “All the documents were in order, the state medical examiner had confirmed everything and the prison infirmary corroborated the need for surgery. The prosecutor’s office saw all the medical documents, which were to be dispatched. Finally last week we were able to secure medical furlough. But even though we had all the legal medical documents that the prosecutor’s office had required which were verified by the physicians, the prosecutor’s office refused to allow the needed time.”

Bahareh Hedayat’s husband explained, “Yesterday we were contacted at Hasheminejad Hospital and told that she must return to prison. Bahareh was on the hospital bed and no matter how much we explained that she has just undergone a surgical treatment to remove kidney stones which has a process for aftercare, that if she returns to prison she could encounter complications, that prison does not have the needed facility to care for this illness- they did not relent and insisted she must go back to prison.”

Bahareh Hedayat, born in 1981, women’s activist and student activist at Tehran University of Economic Sciences, was a member of the Central Council and spokesperson for the Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat [Office for Strengthening Unity] student organization. She was arrested in December 2009 and after spending months in solitary confinement while being interrogated, in April 2010 Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Moghiseh sentenced Hedayat to 7.5 years in prison on charges of “gathering and collusion against the regime,” “insulting the leadership,” and “insulting the presidency and propagating against the regime.”

The Revolutionary Court also ordered a previous suspended 2-year prison sentence to be served. That sentence had been handed for “acting against national security by organizing a June 12 gathering in 2006.”  With this additional time Bahareh Hedayat was ordered to serve 9.5 years in prison. In August 2010, Branch 54 of the Tehran Appellate Court upheld the 9.5year prison sentence for Bahareh Hedayat.

Also while behind bars, this political prisoner along with Majid Tavakoli and Mahdieh Golrou were handed an additional 6-month prison term by another court on the charge of “propaganda against the regime” for writing material that was released from prison. This brought Bahareh Hedayat’s prison term to 10 years.

Bahareh Hedayat who is known as the symbol of Iranian students was held for a long time in the methadone ward of Evin prison among drug offenders in order to inflict additional stress and pressure. She was also denied her right to visitation for extended periods of time. In 2012 while behind bars, this student and women’s rights activist was awarded the inaugural Edelstam Prize by Sweden’s Harold Edelstam Foundation for “extraordinary courage and commitment to justice, and active against human rights violations in Iran.”

http://www.kaleme.com/1393/05/05/klm-193217/

 

Bahareh Hedayat hospital