HRANA, September 28, 2014.
Jamaleddin Khanjani (جمالدین خانجانی), aged 81, is one of seven Bahai ‘Yaran’ (national facilitators for the Bahais in Iran) who were sentenced to 20 years in prison after their May 2008 arrest. He is imprisoned in block 12, the wing of Raja’i Shahr prison that holds prisoners of conscience, and suffers from diverse ailments connected to his age. On September 27, in accordance with the instructions of the prison doctor, he was sent to a medical centre outside the prison, but unidentified officials opposed his treatment and he was returned to the prison. Another prisoner of conscience from the same section of Raja’i Shahr prison, Ali Salanpour (علی سلانپور), was taken to hospital and returned in the same way, also on September 27. He is suffering intense pain because of a problem with a vertebra in his neck. In his case he was asked, while he was being moved to the hospital, for money “to cover the treatment.” However all prisoners in Iran are covered by medical insurance, so that they are treated without charge in government facilities. Moreover, prisoners are not allowed either credit cards or cash. [The ruse is likely to be a way of getting money from a prisoner's relatives. I note that Ali Salanpour's name is missing from the hyperactivist database of prisoners of conscience: any further information would be welcome, as this database is a very important tool for tracking human rights abuses in Iran ~Sen]
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