Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki’s kidney problems have intensified and he has not been transferred to the hospital despite the recommendation by the medical staff of the Prison Clinic.
Hossein Ronaghi who blogged under the name of Babak Khorramdin, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. He is confined in the security ward of Evin Prison and is deprived of contacting his family or his lawyer. Mojtaba Samienejad, human rights activist and secretary of the Human Rights House of Iran, told BBC Persian that Ronaghi is in need of urgent surgery and is in critical condition. He added that the medical personnel of the Evin Clinic have confirmed that he needs to be transferred to a hospital to undergo surgery but the authorities have failed to take any actions. Samienejad also stated that Arash Arkan, another political prisoner who recently passed away for lack of treatment in prison, had been denied medical prison leave despite the recommendation by the doctors. The prison conditioned the furlough on the permission of the security organizations and Arkan’s condition was exacerbated until he finally passed away at the Baghiyatollah Hospital.