Posted by: bahareiran | June 26, 2011

Iran – Hungerstriker died in prison

Hoda Saber, 52

Following his hunger strike and subsequent heart attack, journalist and Nationalist-Religious political activist Hoda Saber died on the morning of 11 June. Saber had been on a hunger strike since 2 June to protest events leading to the death of Haleh Sahabi. Starting on Friday morning, as Saber’s health deteriorated, he repeatedly asked prison authorities for help, but was transferred to Tehran’s Modarres Hospital hours later, where he died of a heart attack following his hunger strike.

“All prisoners and interrogators know that a prisoner may face death under two circumstances–one is when they are flogged with a cable and there is a high probability that they will need kidney dialysis; that’s why interrogators make prisoners drink water and force them to walk. The other is during hunger strikes.  On the eighth day of his hunger strike, Hoda developed chest pains and called on prison officials several times, but they only went to check on him several hours later. I heard an hour ago that all of Saber’s cellmates are willing to testify that he kept screaming and asking for help, and that his death was caused by intentional negligence, and he was sent to hospital very late. When Dr. Shakouri Rad visited him later, he said that if he had been sent to the hospital earlier, he could have been saved,” said Alijani.

“If Mr. Nourizad had not gone to Modarres Hospital that day for his medical treatment, if he had not heard about Hoda Saber’s death from one of the hospital personnel, and if he had not put the news on his Facebook page, who would have known about it?!  (International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran – Jun. 16, 2011)

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