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Political Prisoner Calling For Khamenei's Resignation Denied Medical Care

Mohammad Hossein Sepehri (R) before his arrest for signing a statement calling for Khamenei's resignation. FILE

The family of a political prisoner in Iran has told Radio Farda Thursday that intelligence agents prevented medical treatment in the city of Mashhad.

Mohammad Hossein Sepehri was arrested on August 11 along with 13 other individuals who had signed a letter asking Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to resign.

Asghar Sepehri, Mohammad Hossein’s brother told Radio Farda, “my brother was on hunger strike for 33 days after his arrest and this led to the blockage of his intestine”.

The family was able to meet Mr. Sepehri in prison and he told them that he was goven some medications in the intelligence ministry’s detention center, but these were ineffective. Following this unsuccessful treatment, intelligence agents prevented his transfer to an outside medical facility, saying that he is undergoing interrogations.

Before his arrest Sepehri had complained that an unknown person had broken into his home and attacked him with a knife, but police refused to come to his rescue.

On June 12, the fourteen civil rights and political activists called for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down.

In a statement addressed to the "thoughtful, intellectual, and considerate people in Iran," the signatories urged Iranians to end their discreetness, step in audaciously, and call for Khamenei's resignation and fundamental changes in the country's constitution.

"Herald a new national movement," the activists encouraged the people, "by demanding Khamenei's resignation" since he is increasing his "unfair" power and authority daily.

Later in August when they gathered outside a courthouse to defend another activist, they were arrested by intelligence agents.