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Health care denied to jailed Iranian cleric who championed internet

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Jailed Iranian cleric Mohammadreza Nekounam is suffering from health problems, and the special court for the clergy refuses to let him to be hospitalized.

Mohammdreza Nekounam

The Kaleme website reported on Saturday April 23 that prison food has had an adverse effect on Nekoonam's blood pressure and he is in serious danger of having another stroke, like the one he suffered while he was in solitary confinement in Qom Prison.

Doctors have called for special meals to be prepared for the jailed clergyman, but prison authorities have refused to make such accommodations, which according to Kaleme puts him at immediate risk of another stroke.

Nekounam was arrested after he reacted to statements by Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi declaring high-speed internet service was "haram" (religiously forbidden).

Nekounam responded saying: "While we have been choking the internet and keeping the speed of our internet at the level of a wagon, children even before entering school work with the internet and computers. I say instead of becoming snails, we should jump on this train and go global. Internet is a power. If you can't use it, just leave it and go. This gentleman cannot use the internet and turns around and says it is haram."

While Makarrem Shirazi has denied filing any complaints against Nekounam, he was arrested and, in a closed courtroom, was sentenced to five years in jail.

Nekounam was released last year after he suffered a stroke but then was rearrested after once again expressing his opinion about the violence used to enforce the Islamic dress code (hijab) in public.

He is reportedly being subjected to further pressure through the denial of all privileges such as family visits.

Activists plead for prisoner held in notorious Section 8 of Evin

Source: Radio Zamaneh

One hundred and forty activists have issued a letter expressing concern over the health of political prisoner Amir Amirgholi in Evin Prison and called for his release.

Amir Amirgholi

The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported on Sunday April 24 that Amirgholi is in Section 8 of Evin Prison, which is the "worst section" of the facility, and the signatories refer to it as the "new penal colony" for political prisoners.

Amirgholi began a hunger strike on April 11 to protest the "lack of hygiene in prison endangering his health". He has on several occasions demanded to be transferred to the political prisoners' section in compliance with the principle of separation of offences.

The signatories have urged the media to focus attention on his situation.

Amirghili was arrested in December of 2014 and after 56 day of interrogations in solitary in the Revolutionary Guards section of Evin Prison, he was transferred to Section 8.

He has been sentenced to 21 years in jail for "blasphemy, insulting the leader, assembly and collusion against national security, disrupting public order by attending gatherings and propaganda against the regime".

Tehran Jails French-Iranian Woman Who Tried To Visit Sick Mother

Source: RFE/RL

A French-Iranian citizen who left Iran in 2009 after facing espionage charges has been sentenced to six years in jail after she returned to Tehran to visit her critically ill mother. Kaleme, an Iranian opposition website, reported late on April 24 that former French Embassy employee Nazak Afshar was arrested in March upon her arrival at Tehran's international airport.

Nazak Afshar

The website reported that the 58-year-old Afshar was freed on bail from Tehran's notorious Evin prison after she was formally charged.

Iran's judiciary has not commented on her case or made the charges against her public.

Several other dual-nationality citizens or expatriates have been arrested upon returning to visit Iran.

A spokesman for the Iranian judiciary said on April 24 that four dual-nationality citizens recently have been sentenced for their connections to foreign countries.

They include Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, an Iranian graduate student who was studying physics at the University of Texas.

She has been sentenced to 10 years in an Iranian prison on charges of having "relations with a hostile country" and receiving "illegitimate funds."

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and Kaleme


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