Jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was released on Wednesday May 4 from Evin Prison. Ronaghi Maleki was finally able to secure the approval of the prosecutor's office for his release on medical grounds.
Hossein-Ronaghi-Maleki with his family
Ronaghi Maleki was arrested in the aftermath of the election protests of 2009, after he ran a blog reporting and commenting on the crackdown on protesters.
He was sentenced to 15 years in jail but was released in 2011 for medical reasons after several hunger strikes. He was arrested again for collaborating with independent groups to organize aid to earthquake survivors in Azerbaijan.
The family of jailed lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani has expressed serious concern regarding the failure of prison authorities to provide him with adequate medical care.
On Tuesday May 4, the family reported that in the past five years of imprisonment, he has only been allowed a four-day furlough and authorities are deliberately preventing him from receiving necessary medical treatment.
An informed source reports that Soltani's wife, Massoumeh Dehghan, had made all arrangements for his hospitalization, but at the eleventh hour, the prosecutor's office prevented his transfer.
The report adds that Soltani has been experiencing severe chest pain, but the only treatment he gets is through the prison infirmary.
Soltani was arrested in the aftermath of the election protests of 2009 and prosecuted for his membership in the Human Rights Defenders Centre and his defence of political prisoners.
He was sentenced to 18 years in jail and a 20-year ban from practicing law.
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