Wednesday , 21 November 2018

Arash Sadeghi’s Treatment Started/ IHR Demands the Civil Activist’s Immediate Release

Iran Human Rights – Arash Sadeghi, imprisoned civil activist, was transferred to a hospital of the prison’s choice last week, however, he will apparently be returned to prison on Saturday, September 15 without completing his treatment process.

Iran Human Rights urges the judicial authorities to immediately release Arash Sadeghi so that he can be treated in a hospital he chooses himself away from the limitations and pressures of the prison.

According to a close source, Arash Sadeghi, the imprisoned civil activist who is diagnosed with chondrosarcoma cancer, was transferred from Rajai Shahr Prison to the hospital selected by the prison.

A few days ago, surgeons took tumor samples and sent them to a pathologist for further examinations.

One of his relatives told IHR, “The hospital neglects to remove the tumor completely and we don’t know when they will do it. They won’t even let us see him. If they want to treat him, why are they stalling?”

Arash Sadeghi’s cancer has spread from his arm to his collarbone, and if he is not treated immediately, it may lead to his death.

Iran Human Rights demands free access of this civil activist to medical treatment. He needs to be treated in peace at a hospital he chooses.

Arash Sadeghi was first arrested on July 9, 2009, along with some other students who were protesting the results of the controversial 2009 presidential election. After 90 days he was released on bail. He was arrested in May 2014 and was released after six months on a bail of 600 million Tomans. When he was out of prison, the agents of the Ministry of Intelligence rushed into his house causing his mother to have a heart attack and pass away.

The political activist was arrested in June 2016 for the last time and was transferred to Evin prison to serve a 19-year prison term. He went on a hunger strike for 70 days in November 2016 and was transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison in October 2017.

Arash Sadeghi’s wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi Irayee, was sentenced to six years in prison, Navid Kamran to one year, and Behnam Musivand to three years. They were all arrested on September 6, 2014.