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Jailed Iranian blogger beaten in prison

Source: RadioZamaneh

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, jailed Iranian blogger has been reportedly beaten by Iran's Revolutionary Guards in prison.

Zoleykha Mousavi, mother of Ronaghi Maleki told Campaign for Human Rights in Iran yesterday: "Today they called us from Prison and told us that an intelligence officer of the Guards has beaten our son in a meeting. We were told that he had passed out and after some hours, he had been transferred to Taleghani Hospital."

Mousavi speculated that the jailed blogger was beaten for having written a letter to Tehran Prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi to complain about the judiciary's indifference to his physical condition and refusing to grant him leave to get treatment outside prison.


Hossein Ronaghi Maleki


Mousavi added: "They want to kill our son and they have told us many times that we will kill Hossein." Similar accusations against Islamic Republic judicial and prison authorities had been stated by Ronaghi Maleki's father who reported earlier: "My son's interrogators had told me in a telephone conversation that they would kill Hossein and now they are proving themselves right."

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, who ran a blog under the name of Babak Khorramdin, was arrested in the crackdown on the challengers of the 2009 presidential elections who insisted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory was tainted with vote fraud.

He was arrested in December of 2009 and held in solitary confinement for about 300 days according to his parents. In a preliminary court he was given 15 years in prison which was also later confirmed in the appellate court.

Zoleykha Mousavi says that Tehran prosecutor has set a million dollar bail fro the release of his son but the Revolutionary Guards have also said that he has to sign a letter of repentance before he is released.

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