Prison authorities still refuse to transfer Hassan Peyghami, a Kurdish political prisoner detained at Orumiyeh Central Prison, to the hospital despite the advice of prison’s doctors.

A reliable source has told Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) that Hassan Peyghami, 45, who is serving his one year imprisonment at Orumiyeh Central Prison, is suffering from heart disease and he has undergone a heart surgery prior to being arrested.

According to this source, the health of Hassan Peyghami has deteriorated due to lack of medicine and limited facilities of prison’s clinic whose doctors have advised prison authorities to transfer this Kurdish political prisoner to a hospital outside prison immediately. However, prison authorities refuse to do so due to unknown reasons.
“The rising inflation over the past few years has had a huge impact on the situation in prisons whose health clinics had limited health-care facilities. Accordingly, the prison doctors can provide no medical care other than prescribing painkillers.”, the source added.

It is worth mentioning that the Plainclothes of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fired dozens of bullets to the vehicle of an architecture student at Orumiyeh University, Farhad Payghami in Orumiyeh on August 05, 2016 during a chase. Once detaining him after stopping his vehicle. the plainclothes agents raided his father’s house and confiscated a number of his personal belongings and arrested his father called Hassan Payghami.

These two Kurdish civilians were transferred to the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Centre at Orumiyeh and subjected to heavy physical torture to make false confessions. After 12 days of detention, the above-mentioned student and his father were transferred to Orumiyeh Central Prison with bloody clothes and bruised body on Wednesday, August 17.

These two Kurdish civilians were subsequently released from prison on a bail of 500 million Tomans. Their trial was held on September 19, 2016, at Branch 3 of the Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh which acquitted Farhad Payghami of the charges brought forward against him while Hassan Paygami was sentenced to 30 months in prison on charges of acting against national security.

Upon contesting the verdict, the dossier of Hassan Paygami was referred to Branch 13 of the Orumiyeh Court of Appeal which reduced his sentence to one year of imprisonment. He was transferred to Orumiyeh Central Prison in May 2018 to endure the imprisonment.

He had been previously arrested in 2007 for “acting against national security” and sentenced to 18 months in prison and exile to Tabriz Prison by the Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh. He spent two years in prison at Orumiyeh and Tabriz prisons.