On Sunday, the judiciary in Iran reported the death of a prisoner who was arrested in connection with a demonstration by followers of a Sufi order in 2018, after suffering “poisoning.”
Behnam Mahjoubi was convicted after participating in a demonstration in February 2018 of followers of a Sufi order known as “Kanabadi”, and in June he began serving a two-year prison sentence.
This week, human rights organizations expressed their concern over the health condition of Mahjoubi, whom they described as a “prisoner of conscience.”
The Iranian Prisons Organization reported this evening that Mahjoubi was suffering from “severe poisoning due to the arbitrary consumption of medicines, and he was sent immediately 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 died.”
Prisoners who were with him in the cell were reported 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”.
He stressed that the direct cause of death will be determined after the autopsy, indicating that the doctors found a “black powder” in the stomach of the prisoner.
The 2018 demonstration was one of the largest followers of the Sufi orders in Iran in recent 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 Commissioner for Human Rights stated that the health status of Mahjoubi was “very critical,” calling on the Iranian authorities to transparent explanations of the reasons for his coma, starting from February 12th.
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