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[Adapted from website:] HRANA - Human Rights Activists News Agency

[Date:] 29 Ordibehesht 1398 [19 May 2019]


Heart Problems and Denial of Medical Treatment of Hasan Momtaz Sarvestani, A Baha’i Citizen Imprisoned in Evin

HRANA News Agency – On Tuesday, Hasan Momtaz Sarvestani, a Baha’i citizen from Shiraz and imprisoned in Evin Prison, was transferred to an out-of-prison hospital for tests. Despite performing angiography and the doctor’s insistence on hospitalization and stenting (heart stent), he was returned to prison after one day. He had previously been sentenced to five years in prison for teaching Persian literature to those Baha’i students at the virtual Baha’i University who had been deprived of education at [state] universities.

On Tuesday, 24 Ordibehesht 1398 [14 May 2019], he was taken to a hospital outside the prison due to his poor physical condition. Despite his poor physical condition, and despite his and his family’s repeated follow-ups and requests, and having undergone diagnostic tests and angiography, he was on Wednesday returned to prison in handcuffs and with foot restraints.

However, the hospital physician had emphasized that the patient should be hospitalized and monitored for at least 48 hours after the angiography and be prepared for stenting (heart stent) immediately, due to severely clogged arteries.

In Azar 1393 [November/December 2014], Branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals upheld the sentence of five years’ imprisonment imposed on this Baha’i citizen by Branch 31 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Moghiseh.

On 7 Dey 1396 [28 December 2017], Hasan Momtaz Sarvestani was transferred to Adelabad Prison in Shiraz to serve his sentence, and on 7 Esfand 1397 [26 February 2019], he was transferred to Evin Prison in Tehran for unknown reasons.

This Baha’i citizen, a professor at the Bahai Online University (BIHE), suffers from acute heart, kidney and eye disease and is in urgent need of treatment. However, despite repeated requests and follow-up from the family, no action has been taken by neither the officials of Adelabad Prison in Shiraz nor the judge in his case.

It should be noted that this citizen has a history of several arrests in his case.