Iranian Monarchist Dissident Has Died In Prison
ICBPS- Iranian Monarchist prisoner Sasan Niknafs, the father of two daughters (aged 8 and 9), has died in prison due to lack of medical care.
The 36-year-old Monarchist prisoner, who was denied medical treatment, has died in Great Tehran Penitentiary (Fashafuyeh), reported rights groups.
According to reports, Sasan died due to a lack of proper medical care and delay in being sent to medical centers outside the prison.
The detained Monarchist has been serving a prison sentence for the past 11 months, despite various illnesses including diabetes, fatty liver disease, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), high blood pressure, and mental health disorders due to tortures and prison conditions.
He was sentenced to eight years in prison at Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court for alleged charges of “assembly and collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the Islamic Republic”, and insulting the founder and the supreme leader of the IRI” – which five years of the conviction must be served based on the Article 134 of Islamic Penal Code.
Today in Iran, a political prisoner’s health is routinely taken hostage by the Islamic authorities, who recklessly deny the medical needs of the prisoners of conscience in custody.
Iranian Jailed Monarchist On Hunger Strike Again To Plea For Basic Rights
Khaled Pirzadeh is another Iranian Monarchist prisoner, who was repeatedly beaten in prison and was unable to walk, went on a hunger strike again to plea for his basic rights.
The Iranian Jailed Monarchist, whose prison beatings left him unable to walk, started an infinite hunger strike on May 31, 2021, after authorities barred him from even receiving proper medical attention.
“I have been imprisoned for 25 months now. I am in poor physical and mental condition. I am also barred from visiting my family and furlough. But now, my wife has been infected with COVID19 and she is not in a good condition at all. In addition, not only does my wife has a nurse to care for, but my young daughter also has to stay away from her mother for being an immune barrier against the virus,” Khaled wrote in a letter.
Currently, he is serving his seven years sentence at the Greater Tehran Penitentiary.
Previously, he went on a hunger strike in jail by even sewing his lips to protest the inhuman condition of prisons, being prevented from medical treatment, and lack of safety for political prisoners.
The hunger strike has lasted eight days now.
Khaled Pirzadeh has been barred from being sent to a medical center despite deteriorating physical and mental health.
The monarchist prisoner has been beaten multiple times by the prison wardens to the point of needing a wheelchair.
According to his lawyer, on September 14, 2020, Khaled has continuously been beaten for complaining about his treatment.
He had complained about the plan of the security guards to transfer him to another ward of the prison, which prompted the guard to retaliate by striking him on the knee, VOA quoted his lawyer.
The Islamic Revolutionary Court, chaired by the infamous Judge Moghiseh, sentenced him to seven years in prison for vague charges of “assembly and collusion against the regime in Iran” and “insulting the Supreme Leader.”
In February 20201, Khaled, along with three other prisoners, went on a hunger strike at Tehran notorious Evin prison, protesting the denial of his request for parole, neglecting political prisoners requests, not conforming to the prison classification regulation, lengthy prosecutions, receiving unreasonable prison sentences, and finalizing the primary court’s verdicts without an opportunity to appeal.
Institute of Capacity Building for Political Studies, (ICBPS) publishes articles, analyses, and reports online with no limit. ICBPS has been founded by a group of journalists and activists to provide a great opportunity for those freedom fighters who are being censored by mainstream media.
Kaveh Taheri is a Turkey-based Iranian sociopolitical researcher and freelance journalist – Founder of ICBPS and ICBHR.
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