Iran: Long Term Prisoner Denied Hospital Treatment

Iran: Long Term Prisoner Denied Hospital Treatment

Published by on August 1, 2019

Political prisoner Mohammad Nazari, held at Urmia Prison, has been denied medical tests for a tumour in his stomach, according to his lawyer.
According to Mohammad Nazari’s lawyer, Mohammad Hossein Aghasi, after getting an MRI and some tests in a hospital, one and a half months ago, the doctor discovered a tumour in his stomach. He should be admitted for treatment that day, but the agents who were accompanying him said they had to return him to prison unless a judge grants him permission.

He was scheduled to go back to the hospital on July 18, but so far this has not happened.

A 48-year-old Azeri, Mohammad Nazari, has been imprisoned since 1994, for his alleged membership in an Iranian Kurdish opposition group.

Since his arrest on 30 May, 1994, by agents of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry in the city of Boukan, West Azerbaijan Province, Nazari has not been granted furlough not even to attend the funerals of his father, mother and sister and brother.

He has spent time behind bars in Mahabad Central Prison, Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, and currently in Urmia Central Prison.
In November 1994, Branch One of the Urmia Revolutionary Court sentenced Nazari to death for his alleged membership in the Democrat Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI).

Although his appeal failed, in 1999 a pardon issued on the occasion of the Islamic festival of Eid reduced his sentence to life imprisonment.

In an open letter from prison dated 18 October, 2017, Nazari said he was eligible for release based on articles 10, 99, 120 and 728 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, but so far the authorities have not acknowledged Nazari’s eligibility.

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