Iran: Death row political prisoner deprived of medical treatment despite poor health

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Ramin Hossein Panahi, a political prisoner on death row in Sanandaj Central Prison, western Iran, suffers Kidney hemorrhage and infection possibly resulting from torture, and he has yet to receive any medical attention outside prison.

According to the prisoner’s brother, Amjad Hossein Panahi who is residing outside Iran, prison authorities have told Ramin that he will be soon executed and so he does not need to be treated.

In a court session on January 25th Ramin Hossein Panahi had told Judge Saeedi and another judge how he’d been tortured to the brink of death in the Sanandaj Intelligence Department.

Following his arrest on 23 June 2017, Ramin Hossein Panahi was forcibly disappeared for four months. According to him, during this period and a further two months of solitary confinement, Ministry of Intelligence and Revolutionary Guards officials repeatedly tortured him including through beating him with cables, kicking and punching him in the stomach and hitting his head against the wall. They also deliberately denied him adequate medical care for the injuries he sustained from being shot at the time of his arrest.

In an unfair trial session, which took place on 16 January, and lasted less than an hour, he was sentenced to death for “taking up arms against the state” (baqi) based on his membership of Komala.

According to the Amnesty International “between his arrest and trial, he was only allowed one brief meeting with his lawyer, which took place in the presence of intelligence officials. This violates the right to consult with one’s lawyer in confidence. The judicial authorities also refused to disclose to either him or his lawyer the details of the evidence brought against him before the hearing.”

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