HRANA and Zamaneh: Political prisoner Arjang Davoodi, 59, who has been in prison since 2003, was transferred from Rajaee Shahr Prison to the Intelligence Ministry's Ward 209 at Evin Prison on Wednesday night. Earlier in the afternoon, prison authorities told Davoodi to collect his belongings and prepare for a prison transfer.
Davoodi was arrested in 2003 and was later sentenced to 15 years in prison, 74 lashes, and 5 years' ban on social rights on charges of "writing the Secular Manifesto, founding the Iranian Freedom Movement, blasphemy, and insulting the Supreme Leader and other state authorities."
Davoodi has been exiled to many different prisons in the past and has been transferred to Evin Prison's Ward 209 on at least two other occasions, where he spent several months inside solitary cells under severe torture. According to reports, he has suffered many injuries under torture which have led to substantial loss of his vision and hearing.
Arjang Dvoodi has been an outspoken prisoner who has participated in several hunger strikes, has written letters to national and international authorities, and has signed many group statements in prison. In retaliation for his conduct, Davoodi was barred from any contact with his family for a year in 2009. Consequently, he wrote a letter of complaint to the Head Warden of Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj in 2010. In further retaliation of his actions, the Iranian Judiciary confiscated Davoodi's home and sold it. In his 2010 letter, Davoodi wrote that if the authorities disregarded his grievance and did not return his home to his family who become homeless as a result of this decision, he would appeal to international bodies. In 2011, Davoodi's wife, Nazanin Davoodi, was also detained for four months.
During his nine year detention, Davoodi has not been allowed a single day of furlough.
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