Thursday , 20 January 2022

Political prisoner Khaled Pirzadeh on hunger strike in Ahvaz Prison despite poor health

Iran-HRM – Political prisoner Khaled Pirzadeh, imprisoned in Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz, is still on a hunger strike. He has suffered various physical problems during his hunger strike.

Political prisoner Khaled Pirzadeh

Political prisoner Khaled Pirzadeh has been on a hunger strike since August 23, 2021. So, he has been on hunger strike for 68 days in protest to the authorities’ refusal to accept his request for conditional release. He is also protesting the violation of the principle of separation of crimes, and the State Security forces’ violent treatment of his family.  

Due to his long hunger strike, he is presently under serum injection. There is high risk for Mr. Pirzadeh once the serum injection is interrupted.

Security forces arrested and beat Mr. Pirzadeh on May 26, 2019 and transferred him to Evin Prison after his interrogation were finished. In February 2020, Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced him to five years in prison on charges of “conspiracy and collusion,” and to two years in prison on charges of “insulting the leadership,” adding up to seven years in prison.

Branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals upheld his sentence in June 2020. According to Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, 5 years of the sentence was applied to him.

Political prisoner Khaled Pirzadeh was transferred from Evin Prison to Greater Tehran Prison on July 22, 2020. He was also beaten during this transfer.

Khaled Pirzadeh underwent foot surgery in August 2020. His legs and spine have been damaged during his detention, and he needs surgery and physiotherapy.

Mr. Pirzadeh went on a hunger strike on May 31, 2021. In a letter, he announced that he would be on a hunger strike until his demands were met. He ended his hunger strike on June 14, 2021, after prison authorities promised to send him on sick leave continued with conditional release.  

But the Greater Tehran Penitentiary summoned Khaled Pirzadeh on July 7, 2021 and held in the quarantine. On July 14, 2021, he was sent to exile in the Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz and detained alongside dangerous criminals.