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Thursday, January 21, 2010


A Political Prisoner Sentenced to Life in Prison Died in Evin Prison Due to Lack of Medical Attention

HRANA – Prisoners’ Rights: The death of a political prisoner sentenced to life in prison was confirmed by Evin prison’s clinic this morning.

The Prisoners unit of HRA reports that Alborz Ghasemi, a political prisoner charged with Moharebeh (waging war on God) for his membership in a political organization and suffering from advanced stomach cancer, was transferred to Evin prison’s clinic yesterday due to the deterioration of his physical condition which was caused by his long term deprivation from medical care and denial of his medical leave; his death was confirmed this morning.

It is reported that in the last few days this prisoner, who was being held in Ward 350 of Evin prison with his brother “Hamid Ghasemi”, did not even have the energy to move and had lost control of his bladder. Despite the efforts of other prisoners and his family, the clinic and the relevant authorities in Evin prison refused to provide medical care to this prisoner until yesterday and only after persistent follow-ups transferred this prisoner to Evin prison’s clinic, even though his illness and medical treatment necessitated his admittance to a specialized medical facility.

It should be noted that Alborz and Hamid Ghasemi were charged with Moharebeh (waging war on God) for their membership in a political organization and sentenced to execution by the trial court, which sentence was reduced to life in prison by the appellate court. There is more or less no information about the date and details of their case; a complete report on this story will be published later.

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