Mehdi Khazali: Prisoner of the day

More than 50 days on hunger strike

ICHRI: In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights In Iran, son of imprisoned blogger Mehdi Khazali expressed concern about his father's health, 49 days after he began his hunger strike. "I really don't know what to say. It has been 49 days since he embarked on a hunger strike and he has only had liquids. Last week, when my father's conditions deteriorated, they transferred him to the hospital. When we saw him in the hospital, we couldn't believe it was him. His weight loss was unbelievable; he was so thin. We are afraid something bad might happen to my father," Mohammad Saleh Khazali told the Campaign.

Mehdi Khazali's latest arrest came when Security forces brutally beat and arrested the dissident blogger and head of Hayyan Publishing House on 9 January, leading to a broken arm. Khazali stepped on a hunger strike on the day of his arrest to protest his temporary detention, stating that he would continue his hunger strike until he is released. Following deterioration of his conditions, Khazali was transferred to the Cardiac Care Unit of Taleghani Hospital on Friday, 17 February. Twenty four hours later, Intelligence Ministry forces transferred him to the Ministry's Ghamar Bani Hashem Hospital. He was transferred back to Evin Prison on Monday, 20 February.

"He called from the prison yesterday (Tuesday), and said that he is well. But we have not yet visited him. We would have to wait until Monday of next week to see him during a regular visit. We are concerned, because he does not wish to break his hunger strike," Mohammad Saleh Khazali told the Campaign.

In an earlier interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Mohammad Saleh Khazali had described the family's frustration about Mehdi Khazali's case. "When we objected to his case Judge about this process, he said, 'It's out of my hands!' Now we don't know who is in charge of our father's case and who is issuing orders on it. We don't know what to do and where to go. We only know one thing, and that is that our father is not well at all and continuing the strike is dangerous for him." (Link to previous interview)

Branch 26 of Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Pirabbasi sentenced Mehdi Khazali to 14 years in prison, 10 years in exile, and 90 lashes for his previous cases on charges of "propagating against the state," "assembly and collusion against national security," "acting against national security," and "writing a critical letter to the Supreme Leader." But it is not clear on what charges his January 9 arrest was based. Khazali remains in "temporary detention" and his case judge has extended his temporary detention orders for one more month.

Mehdi Khazali is one of Iran's political activists who have publicly spoken of boycotting the upcoming Parliamentary elections.


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Iran must go toward democracy by Iranian. No forign interferance is not accepted specially not Israel, Russia, USA and their dogs.

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1- His name is MEHDI Khazali, not Mohammad Ali.

2- This is Mr. Abbas Palizdar's picture (also a prisonier), not Mehdi Khazali's. 



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Iranians are showing a far stronger and effective resistance to the method of fear and intimidation by IRI. Yesterday we saw a brave student, bravely sew his lips and chain himself to the rail post, steadfastly standing up to the regime and now we see another brave prisoner on lengthy hunger strike.  These are very effective ways that I believe is shaking the pillars of the regime.  They need our support for a sustained campaign to bring their cases to the masses and awareness.  They have sacrificed much and have put their lives for their country and the least we can do, is to show our full support for them.

  My salute to each and every one of these brave souls.


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