Posted by: bahareiran | March 2, 2011

Female political prisoner infected with Hepatitis B in Gohardasht Prison

According to reports, political prisoner Kobra Banazadeh Amirkhizi was infected with Hepatitis B in the Gohardasht Prison infirmary.

This 56 year old political prisoner who was also jailed in the 80’s was taken to the infirmary for so-called treatment and was infected with Hepatitis B because unclean material was used to treat her. She is in very critical condition but intelligence interrogators refuse to allow her treatment outside of prison. Mrs. Banazadeh suffered from an eye injury before this due to torture in cellblock 209 in Evin Prison and being struck on the head and lost a large portion on her eyesight.

Notably, this political prisoner was arrested on January 16, 2009 in the Khomeini Airport when she intended to visit her children and family in Camp Ashraf in Iraq, despite having a visa and passport. She was arrested along with 18 other elderly mothers and fathers and was taken to cellblock 209 in Evin Prison where she was under mental and physical torture by interrogators of the Ministry of Intelligence for several months. Banazadeh was sentenced to five years of prison to be served in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj. (Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran – Feb. 28, 2011)

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