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Prominent Political Prisoner In Iran Finally Taken To Hospital For Surgery

Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi, in an earlier photo showing her in a hospital bed. April 2019

A prominent Iranian physicist and human rights activists, Nargess Mohammadi, who is a political prisoner, has been taken from prison to hospital to undergo surgery.

Ms. Mohammadi's husband, Taqi Rahmani twitted on Tuesday, May 14, "Lung specialists and gynecologists had suggested a year ago that her wife must immediately undergo surgery for hysterectomy."

Taqi Rahmani, who lives in exile in Paris, has affirmed that his 47-year-old wife, was taken to a hospital escorted by security agents.

Earlier, her attorney had said that Mohammadi was taken from prison to hospital April 27 and after an MRI exam was returned to jail.

According to the attorney, doctors concluded that she needs an immediate operation because of complications with her uterus.

Nargess Mohammadi was found guilty of "acting against the national security, membership in the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) and propaganda against the regime," in July 2011. In March 2012, the sentence was upheld by an appeals court. Ms. Mohammadi was arrested a month later, to begin her sentence and she is behind bars since then.

Ms. Mohammadi has been imprisoned several times, but her last arrest was in 2014 after meeting with the European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton at the time.

"Objections to our meeting with Ashton are harmful to the atmosphere of moderation and trust promised by the Rouhani Administration," Narges Mohammadi told the New York-based Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on March 14, 2014.

Nargess Mohammadi has been awarded several prestigious prizes, including the American Physical Society's 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize for outstanding leadership and achievements by scientists in upholding human rights, but was not able to receive the honor in person as she is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence in Iran.

Ms. Mohammadi's attorney insists that his client has already served enough of her jail term, nearly seven years out of ten, to be eligible for release.