Ailing journalist Isa Saharkhiz beaten in prisonAugust 29, 2011
A few days ago ailing imprisoned journalist Isa Saharkhiz, who is in very poor physical condition, was on his way to the Rajai Shahr prison infirmary when he got into a confrontation with an official and a guard. Isa Saharkhiz was violently beaten by punches to his chest area.
In November 2010, the journalist experienced a severe drop in blood pressure, fainted, and was finally transferred to the hospital in Rajai Shahr [“Gohardasht”] prison where he received medicines and IV treatment. In August 2010, the Tahavole Sabz website reported that he was experiencing paresis (partial loss of movement). During his imprisonment Isa Saharkhiz has also been suffering from a heart condition and severe back pains.
Isa Saharkhiz has endured much stress in prison caused by the illegal behaviour of prison and judicial officials and also hunger strikes he has launched.
Earlier in the month Isa Saharkhiz was issued an additional two years in prison (فارسی) on top of his already-existing three-year sentence. According to HRANA, the Judiciary issued the sentence based on Isa Saharkhiz’s previous journalistic activities.
Isa Saharkhiz, the founder of the Society for the Defense of Free Press, was arrested in July 2009, the month following the disputed Iranian Presidential election. His charges include, “Insulting the Supreme Leader” and “Propaganda against the regime”. He was also issued a five-year ban from journalistic and political activities and is forbidden to travel abroad for one year. As a result of the new sentence, he is now serving a total of five years in prison.
He was transferred from Evin to Rajai Shahr ‘Gohardasht’ prison in 2010. Rajai Shahr prison is notorious for its inhumane conditions and prison officials are generally indifferent toward the health and well being of prisoners.
Recently, Isa Saharkhiz wrote a letter to Ahmed Shaheed, the new United Nations Human Rights Rapporteur for Iran, urging him to visit Iranian prisons. An excerpt reads: “What is presently occurring in Iran’s prisons is a crime against humanity; it is just as bad as Stalin’s inhumane mandatory labour camps in Siberia.”
Isa Saharkhiz also wrote in the letter: “…I urge you to take action immediately and travel to Iran without any further delay. If the authorities prevent you from visiting with the political prisoners, that will only show another disgraceful act by a regime that is built on the foundation of lies.” The full English translation of the letter can be read here.
Mehdi Mahmoudian is another political prisoner who has also faced the same brutal confrontation by prison officials. However, in Mehdi Mahmoudian’s case, officials were obligated to allow him entrance to the infirmary after orders given by the coroner.
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از روز سه شنبه (دیروز) ورود زندانیان سیاسی رجایی شهر به بهداری زندان ممنوع شده است.
از روز گذشته بهداری زندان رجایی شهر از پذیرفتن زندانیان سیاسی منع شده است.
به گزارش سحام نیوز، در همین راستا عیسی سحرخیز که در شرایط وخیم جسمی به سر می برد، هنگام مراجعه به بهداری زندان، با واکنش بسیار بد یکی از مسئولین زندان و نیز یک پاسدار روبرو شده به طوری که آنان با مشت وی را از ناحیه سینه مورد ضرب و شتم قرار دادند.
مهدی محمودیان نیز با همین واکنش ماموران زندان روبرو شده است، لیکن پس از ارائه دستور پزشک قانونی توسط وی به مسئولان زندان، آنان از روی اجبار با حضور مهدی محمودیان در بهداری زندان موافقت کردند.