Source: Amnesty International
Former student activist
Ahmad Batebi is now known to be held in Evin prison in the capital,
Ahmad Batebi was re-arrested on 27 July after failing to return from a period of temporary leave from prison, which began around March 2005. He is serving a 10-year sentence in connection with involvement in student demonstration in 1999. Following his re-arrest his family was not told where he was detained until 12 August, when he was permitted to telephone his wife, Somaie Baiienat, and confirm that he was held in Section 209 of Evin prison. His family have only been permitted to visit him three times. During their first two visits, Ahmad Batebi's family were accompanied by four prison guards, although their third visit, on 18 September, was reportedly less heavily supervised. Ahmad Batebi is not permitted to see his lawyer.
Ahmad Batebi is reportedly in poor physical and mental health, which is said to be deteriorating. He suffers from a number of medical problems as a result of being tortured and ill-treated during his previous period of detention, including stomach and kidney problems. He has lost some of his teeth, and has permanent hearing problems and poor vision. He has suffered from repeated lung infections and breathing difficulties.
Despite the seriousness of his medical condition, prison authorities are allegedly not permitting Ahmad Batebi to receive any medical treatment beyond a few pain killers. According to a press report, Dr Hesam Firouzi, Ahmad Batebi's doctor, wrote to the authorities on 6 August stating that his patient was at risk of paralysis or heart attack, and needed to receive specialist treatment outside prison.
Ahmad Batebi has reportedly been subjected to psychological ill-treatment since his re-arrest. He is reportedly denied the opportunity to see daylight, and is forced to wear a blindfold during exercise sessions in the prison yard.
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Ahmad Batebi suffers from a number of medical problems as a result of being tortured and ill-treated during his previous period of detention.
- calling for guarantees that he will be treated humanely in detention, and not tortured or ill-treated;
- urging the authorities to grant him immediate and regular access to his relatives and his lawyer;
- calling for the authorities to give him immediate access to all necessary medical treatment, including permitting him to seek medical treatment outside prison, as his doctor has reportedly recommended, and in accordance with the provisions of article 291 of Iran's Code of Criminal Procedure, which allows courts to order that inmates receive medical treatment outside prison;
- calling on the authorities to order a judicial review of the case against Ahmad Batebi, and to release him immediately and unconditionally if the review finds that he was imprisoned solely for the expression of his conscientiously held beliefs.
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