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Western reader may read the name of Mr. Arash Sadegi from Teheran for the first time.
Three days before Christmas the health of Mr. Sadegi, a political prisoner, deteriorated severely after sixty days of his hunger strike, the Iranian pro-democracy opposition informed. He required medical help due to the progressive illness that is a result of repeated torture and other forms of inhuman treatment in Evin, the harshest prison in Teheran. “At the night of 21st December 2016, due to his critical condition, he was transferred to the infirmary outside the prison”, the opposition said in its statement from London.
Although Mr. Sadegi was sentenced for 19 years of prison he is protesting against illegal imprisonment of his wife. Mrs. Golrokh Ibrahimi was ordered to serve 6 years in the same prison for unpublished fiction that criticized stoning of women, a common practice of Iranian justice system.
Who is Mr. Sadegi?
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Five years ago Teheran and other major university cities in Iran witnessed mass demonstrations of Iranians demanding free speech and democratic elections. Protesters carried banners that read “Where is my vote?” accusing the government of rigging the votes.
The Iranian government, headed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, offered results claiming a two-thirds majority victory. The candidate of the opposition Mousavi lost despite a strong support among Iranian voters.
The riot police Basij attacked protesters with batons and guns at the streets, buildings and also at the academic dormitories. Hundreds of students were arrested, tortured and imprisoned. Iranian regime secret police cracked down on the student movement with more persecution.
One of the victims of these wave of terror was Arash Sadegi, a 26-year-old student of philosophy at Tehran’s Allameh Tabatabai University, who went through a year of harsh beatings and agony in Evin, the infamous Teheran prison.
He was released only to be arrested again after raid on his home in middle of the night. As the secret police broke their way into the house, Sadeghi’s mother, who was alone with her daughter, suffered a heart attack. Sadegi was taken back to prison and deprived access to his lawyer. His sentence is another evidence for disregard of human rights by the current Iranian regime.
Iranian opposition group in exile warned also that the life of Mr. Morteza Moradpour, another imprisoned Iranian student democracy advocate is also at risk after 59 days of his hunger strike.