- Posted November 16, 2013 by
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Iran - Christian Convert’s Health Condition Critical in Prison
According to Mohabat News, a while ago, Vahid Hakkani was transferred to hospital because of his digestive system problems and has undergone surgery.
The Shiraz Revolutionary Court had sentenced the young man to three years and eight months in prison for his Christian faith. Before being imprisoned, he had been struggling with minor internal bleeding in his abdomen. However, his situation got worse due to improper nutrition, poor hygiene, and lack of activities during his lengthy periods in isolation.
(Shiraz in Fars province, 934 KMs south of Tehran, the capital)
Vahid Hakkani was initially tried on October 15, 2012, 8 months after his arrest, together with three other Christian prisoners, Mojtaba Seyyed-Alaedin Hossein, Mohammad-Reza Partoei (Kourosh) and Homayoun Shokouhi. Their second trial was held at the same court on December 28, 2012.
Mr. Hakkani's health is worsening every day in prison. Although his friends both inside and outside prison have written to the authorities and orally brought to their attention his situation, they have failed to respond.
According to the report, his situation has gotten even worse since last February to the point that at times he loses 300cc of blood in a single day. Also, he has lost a significant amount of weight. Recently, although he could hardly walk, they chained his hands and feet, while four guards took him to hospital. On another occasion, his medications were delivered to him a month late.
The physician in prison has recently diagnosed him with severe hemorrhoids, which requires urgent surgery. Also, internal bleeding has expanded into his intestine. Despite all these things, the judge had said he will not allow him to stay in a hospital outside the prison for complete treatment, because his final verdict has not been issued yet.
Earlier, another report was published about his critical health condition and prompted many Christian and Human Rights organizations to express their concerns over this matter.
Eventually the judge agreed to grant him a two month leave permit to undergo his surgery. Also, his case was transferred to an appeals court where it is expected to extend that his leave permit will be extended. To stay in hospital, he also had to post a heavy bail of 200 Million Tomans (approximately $70,000).
Additionally, the Shiraz Revolutionary Court has said that his leave period will not be counted as his prison service and that he will need to stay extra time in prison to make up for his time away in hospital, although it is not legal according to Iranian law.
The report also indicates that currently, his friends and other believers are taking care of him outside hospital, since his family are not with him.
It should be remembered that an appeals court on October 12, upheld prison sentences of 20 years in total, for him and five other Christian converts in Shiraz.