Ailing activist returned to prison after being abused by guards in hospital
According to reports, interrogators of the Ministry of Intelligence transferred an ailing political prisoner who was hospitalized back to Kashan Prison despite doctors’ objections.
Political prisoner Alireza Varasteh was handcuffed and shackled by his feet to his bed while in the hospital on orders of the intelligence agency. He was constantly put under mental pressure. This had led to protests by the hospital doctors who demanded that the patient be left alone.
When faced with the doctors’ protests, agents once again returned the prisoner back to Kashan Prison on Wednesday April 18 without treatment.
Political prisoner Alireza Varasteh was interrogated for hours with blindfolds and was subjected to intense psychological pressure during his interrogations. Alireza was also forced to sign documents. After the end of the interrogation process, he was transferred to the quarantine section of Kashan Prison where he was held for two weeks. He was then transferred to the public section after his family’s protests. Political prisoner Alireza Varasteh was arrested for communicating with the families of the victims of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. After four months of detention, he was sentenced to 10 years of prison on various charges including being in contact with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI).
According to reports, Alireza Varasteh suffers from a severe psychiatric illness and his illness has deteriorated since his detention. His medical records were referred to the Medical Commission after his family’s pursuits and the Commission confirmed that he should be released and receive medical treatment.