Kurdish political prisoner Nayeb Askari has gone on a hunger strike today as a court order has not been issued to transfer him to a hospital outside prison for a sonogram.

The political prisoner has been suffering from a bleeding kidney for the past few days and is in poor physical condition, sources say.

He has been transferred to the prison infirmary several times, and the doctors have requested his immediate transfer to an out-of-prison hospital for a sonogram. However, so far, the prison authorities have refused to have a judicial authorisation ordered for his transfer.

On 24 March, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested Nayeb Askari in Orumiyeh. He was taken to Orumiyeh Central Prison after three months in detention.

Reportedly, he is charged with “enmity against God” (Moharebeh) through “membership in the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK)”.

In early August, a court sentenced Askari and two other Kurdish political prisoners, Keyhan Mokarram and Nayeb Hajizadeh, to 50 lashes and three months in prison.

The sentence came after the head of Orumiyeh Central Prison filed a complaint, accusing the prisoners of “disrupting the prison order” due to their involvement in a fight between several political prisoners and general crime prisoners.

The case was filed following the beating of a Kurdish political prisoner by general crime prisoners.