Saturday, February 27, 2021

An Iranian prisoner of conscience dies due to panic attacks


Tehran – On Sunday evening, Iran dropped the curtain on another chapter of the story of the prisoner of conscience Behnam Mahjoubi, who belongs to the followers of the Sufi order, by announcing his death with “poisoning” after his story sparked intense controversy and international sympathy, as he suffered behind bars from panic attacks that ended in an inmate in a hospital after He suffered in prison for a long period of medical neglect, until he passed away.

Mahjoubi was arrested in February of 2018 after participating in a demonstration of followers of the Sufi order known as “Kanabadi” and in June he began serving a two-year prison sentence after his conviction.

This week, human rights organizations expressed their concern about his health, amid a non-official blackout and ignoring all calls for his release.

The Iranian Prisons Organization reported this evening that Mahjoubi was suffering from “severe poisoning due to the arbitrary consumption of medicines, and he was immediately sent to a Tehran hospital,” in a statement made by the Judicial Authority’s “Mezzan Online” website.

The statement added that the detainee “received special medical attention after being admitted to the hospital, but despite the efforts of the medical team, the prisoner unfortunately passed away,” which contradicts previous unofficial accounts that the prisoner was subjected to medical negligence while suffering from panic attacks.

The statement quoted prisoners who were with him in the cell, saying that Mahjoubi “consumed many of his medicines and those of other prisoners on his will and without any medical advice,” indicating that these allegations “are being investigated.”

Prisoners do not have the right to testify otherwise for fear of being subjected to torture, especially as one of the causes of Mahjoubi’s illness is the psychological torture he was subjected to in prison, and perhaps because of the daily torture he experiences with those with him in the cells.

Human rights reports confirm that the Iranian authorities practice various forms of torture against prisoners of conscience, from psychological and physical torture to solitary confinement for long periods.

Mizan Online confirmed that the direct cause of death will be determined after the autopsy, indicating that doctors found a black powder in the stomach of the prisoner.

Followers of “Kanabadi” took place in a demonstration in 2018, the largest of the followers of the Sufi orders in Iran during the past years. During the movements in northern Tehran, five security personnel were killed and more than 300 people were arrested.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reported that the health status of Mahjoubi was “very critical,” calling on the Iranian authorities to provide transparent explanations for the reasons for his coma, starting from February 12th.

Mahjoubi was not the only prisoner for whom the Iranian authorities have taken responsibility for his death, as there are many similar cases, including that of an environmental activist who died in recent years, and the authorities said that he committed suicide.

In light of the complete blackout, no other independent party can prove the opposite of the official Iranian narrative, but the testimonies of survivors of the notorious Iwen O Avin prison holocaust confirm that torture and deliberate medical neglect of prisoners of conscience usually ends their lives far from any media noise or follow-ups. Impartial judiciary.



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