Iran: Five Hunger Striking Political Prisoners Treated at Infirmary

Five of the 12 Iranian political prisoners on hunger strike at Evin Prison have been transferred to the infirmary, according to the Kaleme opposition website. Abdollah Momeni, Mohsen Aminzadeh, Abolfazl Ghadiani, Mehdi Karimian Eghbal and Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi have been transferred to the Ward 350 infirmary after more than a week without food.

Jailed journalist Hoda Saber went on a hunger strike on June 2 to protest what he referred to as “the murder of Haleh Sahabi.” He died 10 days later at Modarres Hospital. The doctors announced that he had died from the effects of the hunger strike. However, 64 of his fellow inmates and the opposition say he was severely beaten by prison authorities, who also delayed his transfer to hospital.

Kaleme adds that the families are holding Tehran’s Prosecutor directly responsible for the hunger-strikers’ health. They have urged him to transfer the strikers to well equipped and trusted hospitals, so the families can monitor their care and avoid what happened to Hoda Saber.

The prisoners began a hunger strike to protest the deaths of Reza Hoda Saber and Haleh Sahabi.

Haleh Sahabi, another political prisoner, had been given a furlough to attend to her dying father. She ended up dying at his funeral when government forces raided the ceremony.


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