Tuesday , 25 January 2022

Political prisoner goes on hunger strike after unlawful banishment

Iran-HRM – Political prisoner Ebrahim Sediq Hamedani was transferred to solitary confinement in Marivan Prison while on a hunger strike.

Ebrahim Khalil Sedighi Hamedani

Mr. Khalil Sedighi Hamedani, 63, and his son Salar, 30, were abroptly transferred on January 7, from Urmia Prison to Marivan and Kamyaran Prisons where they have been incarcerated alongside common criminals.

Both have gone on hunger strike since their transfer.

Ebrahim Khalil Sedighi Hamedani was arrested on February 23, 2019, along with his son, Salar, and daughter, Maryam. They were transferred to the Central Prison of Urmia on April 23, 2019, after two months of interrogations.

Maryam Sedighi Hamedani was released on bail on April 25, 2019.

Ebrahim Khalil Sedighi Hamedani is 62 and suffers from diabetes. Political prisoner Salar Sedighi Hamedani is 22 and a student.

The first court hearing for the two political prisoners in Urmia Prison was held on September 18, 2019, at the 2nd branch of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia. They were denied access to their lawyer.

The court finally sentenced them to 15 years in prison each for “membership in the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)” and to one year for “propaganda against the state.”

The 3rd branch of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia further sentenced Mr. Sedighi Hamedani and his son, Salar, to three years in prison for the alleged “filming military centers.” Each of the father and son were sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison.

Ebrahim Khalil Sedighi Hamedani had been arrested in 2005 for “collaborating with the People’s Mojahedin of Iran” and sentenced to six years in jail. He was conditionally released after serving two years.

On August 3, 2020, six inmates incited by the prison’s warden brutalized and wounded political prisoners Ebrahim Khalil and Salar Sedighi Hamedani.

Since the attack had been carried out on the orders of the prison’s warden and the internal manager, Amirbeigi, the wounded political prisoners were transferred to the quarantine ward, instead of the infirmary.

These two political prisoners in the Urmia Prison have been frequently harassed and brutalized during their time in prison. They have already contracted the Coronavirus.