Kurdish political prisoner Motalleb Ahmadian, who has been battling a range of serious health conditions including diaphragmatic hernia, spinal canal stenosis, and urinary tract infections for several years, now faces cancer, stemming from past radiation treatments.

Ahmadian continues to be denied access to specialized medical care and referral to medical centres outside the prison, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned.

Due to recurring reflux bleeding, Ahmadian has been experiencing severe episodes of blood vomiting, occurring at least three times daily.

The presence of a tumor in the duodenal region of his digestive system has led to a drastic and alarming weight loss, with his current weight dropping below 35 kilograms, leaving him in a critical physical state.

In addition, Ahmadian’s deteriorating health has made it impossible for him to receive antibiotics for his urinary tract infection, a condition aggravated by the presence of the duodenal tumour.

In light of his dire circumstances, Ahmadian’s lawyer has appealed for the suspension of his sentence, citing his inability to endure imprisonment in his current state.

However, the Public Prosecutor of Tehran has conditioned approval on the opinions of three medical consultants and the Medical Commission.

Adding to the complexity of the case, the Ministry of Intelligence has removed certain medical records from Ahmadian’s file.

Officials at Evin Prison have conveyed to Ahmadian that in the upcoming weeks, he will be transported outside the prison for a comprehensive assessment of his condition by three specialists: a neurosurgeon, a urologist, and a gastrointestinal specialist.

Subsequently, the findings of the Medical Commission will be submitted to the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office.

Evin Prison authorities have informed Ahmadian that should he obtain a valid medical permit, he will be solely responsible for all surgical and treatment expenses. Following surgery, he will be promptly returned to prison for his recovery period.

However, medical experts have estimated a recovery period exceeding six months and have expressed concerns about the safety of spending this time within the prison environment, citing limited healthcare facilities and overcrowding among inmates.