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.
He is being denied access to a hospital outside the prison because he has refused to wear a prison garb at the hospital.
Forcing political prisoners to wear prison clothes during outside hospital appointments is a method used by Iran’s regime to humiliate them in public.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, the main force behind the Iranian regime’s terrorism and malign behavior in the region
Assadi, 35, 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, according to Iran Human Rights Monitor. However, due to obstructions imposed by prison authorities and the regime’s judiciary, he has no access to physicians or specialized care.
In September 2019, a court hearing scheduled for Assadi was canceled for the second time following his refusal to wear a prison garb during his transfer for the court procedures. 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 a prison garb. Assadi also protested the authorities’ insistence that his be cuffed and his feet chained.
Assadi has been behind bars in Gohardasht 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.