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Iran: Deterioration of Political Prisoner Mehdi Salehi’s Condition

NCRI logoA Call To Lift Restrictions on His Medical Treatment

The physical condition of political prisoner Mehdi Salehi Ghaleh Shahrokhi, 38, held in Dastgerd Prison in Isfahan since 2009, is critical due to repeated delays in his treatment and belated transfer to the hospital, putting his life in danger. He was arrested in November 2019 and, along with four other prisoners, was sentenced to death in addition to five years in prison with hard labor on charges of “participating in the January 2018 Iran protests,” “Moharebeh (waging war against God),” and “Corruption on Earth.”

Salehi, a resident of Yazdanshahr, was shot and wounded in the head while helping a friend who had been wounded during the 2018 uprising. He is known among the youth, the people in his hometown, and the Bakhtiari tribe for his chivalry and compassion.

He went to the prison health center on Tuesday, December 11, 2021, due to heart and head problems, but suffered a stroke due to the injection of the wrong medicine and delay in transferring him to hospital. He is currently in a coma at Al-Zahra Hospital in Isfahan. However, he is surrounded by intelligence and security agents, and his family and small daughter are not allowed to visit him.

Preventing political prisoners’ medical treatment and torture is a well-known modus operandi in the clerical regime’s prisons. Last week, political prisoner Baktash Abtin died due to being denied timely access to medical facilities.

The Iranian Resistance urges the United Nations and relevant bodies to take immediate action to remove any restrictions on Mehdi Salehi’s treatment. It once again calls for the dispatch of an international fact-finding mission to Iran to investigate the situation in the prisons.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

January 14, 2022