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    Posted June 10, 2012 by
    Evin, Iran

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    Mohammad Nourizad Offers His Kidney to Fellow Prisoner of Conscience Hossein Ronaghi Maleki


    Prisoners of Conscience Saving Each Other's Lives...


    In a letter to Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s father, Mohammad Nourizad, author of “Sacred Defense”, announces his willingness to donate one of his own kidneys to Hossein.


    Nourizad’s letter was sent to Ronaghi’s father via one of Hossein’s friends, along with a message: “Tell him, I’m ready to donate one of my kidneys to Hossein, providing that his body (and his Soul…) accepts it.”


    There is a constant fear, that Hossein’s other kidney may also fail any day now, due to his deteriorating physical condition, combined with prison officials’ denying him medical attention. One of his kidneys has completely stopped working and the other has lost 33% of its functionality.


    Encouraged by Nourizad’s offer to Hossein’s father, several younger prisoner inmates have also volunteered to donate their kidneys to Hossein as well.


    Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, jailed blogger in ward 350 of Evin prison launched a hunger strike on Sunday after writing a letter addressed to the Supreme Leader. That same evening he was transferred to Hasheminejad Hospital, as his physical condition quickly deteriorated.


    Nourizad adds in his message: “My blood type is O+. If my kidney is deemed compatible with Hossein’s body, please start the process immediately without a moment of hesitation. No fanfare please. Tell the prison warden that you’ve bought the kidney from an unknown transient. When so many of our compatriots are selling their organs these days, out of poverty, why wouldn’t I donate my kidney to Hossein and Hossein(s) – out of my sincere beliefs and admiration for this innocent young man? I tell you with confidence: Hossein’s only crime is his innocence. This man is grappling with pain while opportunistic fair-weather folks -- hiding behind walls of an uninformed society -- are robbing people of all their possessions…”


    Last week, Hossein Ronaghi informed the office of the Supreme Leader of his plan to go on a hunger strike. “In protest to such illegal acts committed in prison, I launch a hunger strike beginning June 4, 2012 and declare the Islamic Republic Officials responsible for my life.” He wrote. “My strike is in protest to all the unjust behavior and to Sepaah and Intelligence Ministry's constant interferrence in Judicial affairs, having completely stripped the Judiciary’s independence; as well as an attempt to revive the Constitutional laws, fair trials, independence of the Judicial system and to reestablish rights for political prisoners and their families, such as visitation, telephone contact and furlough rights.”


    It’s been two years since the activist blogger; Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been locked up in Evin prison without furlough. He was arrested on December 13, 2009 in city of Malekan near Tabriz and immediately transferred to ward 2-A of Evin prison in Tehran. He spent ten months in solitary confinement under intense physical and psychological torture in order to obtain a public interview and televised “forced” confession. He was ultimately sentenced to 15 years in prison, by bench 26 of the Revolutionary Court.




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