Political prisoner in critical condition

Political prisoner in critical condition

Published by on February 3, 2016

Afshin-SohrabzadehPolitical prisoner Afsheen Sohrabzadeh is suffering from intestinal cancer. He was transferred from Minab Prison (southern Iran) to Tehran for treatment about three months ago. However, he was returned without receiving any medical care. Due to his cancer and internal bleeding this political prisoner is facing the threat of losing his life.

“On Tuesday, January 19th they transferred my son again to the Minab (exile) prison after three months to take his life there,” said Zibe Babasafari, the mother of this political prisoner.

Afsheen’s mother has warned about his son’s imminent death and holding responsible Khamenei and all those who prevented him from receiving medical care and leave.

“It has been around three years that each day we are sent from the Kamiyaran prosecutor’s office to Sanandaj, and from there to Minab and again to Kamiyaran for them to agree with my son’s medical leave. If this trend continues it will mean my son will face a slow death,” she added.

Afsheen is from the city of Kermanshah, western Iran, and was arrested by security and intelligence agents in the city of Kamiyaran on June 8th, 2010. He was sentenced to endure 25 years in prison in exile in Minab prison that is hundreds of miles to the south. In March 20 12 he was exiled from Sanadaj Central Prison to Minab Prison. This prisoner had once attempted to commit suicide on July 2nd, 2012 protesting inhumane conditions in Minab Prison and his exile from Sanandaj to this southern city.

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