Iranian Political Prisoner Denied Medical Treatment

Iranian political prisoner Majid Assadi

Rajai Shahr Prison authorities have not allowed a political prisoner to receive proper medical treatment in a hospital.

The political prisoner, Majid Assadi is suffering from various illnesses, including severe pain in his spine and digestive problems which have intensified as a result of prison authorities’ continued hindering of his medical process.

Prison authorities are demanding that he wear prison clothing when sent to a hospital.

This is a method used by Iranian regime authorities to humiliate political prisoners when sent outside of their controlled facilities and into the public.

Assadi suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a rheumatism disease that affects the spine, according to physicians.  

AS syndrome is considered a dangerous disease and Assadi needs to visit a hospital outside the prison every three months to control the illness. However, due to obstructions imposed by prison authorities and the regime’s judiciary, he has no access to physicians and specialized care.

In September 2019, a court hearing scheduled for Assadi was canceled for the second time following his refusal to wear prison uniforms during his transfer for the court procedures. Majid Assadi was also protesting illegal measures taken by prison authorities, according to reports obtained from inside Iran.

Prior to this, Assadi was summoned to a court affiliated to Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison on August 18. However, those hearings were also canceled due to his refusal to wear prison uniforms. Majid Assadi was also protesting the authorities’ insistence on him putting on handcuffs and chaining his feet.

Majid Assadi, 35, has been behind bars in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, since his arrest by Intelligence Ministry agents on February 18, 2017.

On November 27, 2018, Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced him to six years in prison and two years in exile in Borazjan, Bushehr Province on vague charges, such as “threatening national security through assembly and collusion,” and “propaganda against the state.

A translator at a private company, Assadi was previously sentenced to four years in prison in March 2010 for “assembly and collusion against national security” by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. He completed the sentence on June 8, 2015.

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