September 17, 2011

Ayatollah Boroujerdi banned from prison visits

Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) - According to reports, Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi, who is currently held in Evin prison, has been banned from prison visits by the Special Clerical Court.
On Saturday morning, when Kazemeyni Boroujerdi’s family members visited him in prison, prison officials did not allow the visit to occur. The family members protested against the illegal ban but they were ignored by the prison officials, and no explanation was offered.

The insistence by Kazemeyni Boroujerdi’s family members to visit him led to a dispute, and, eventually, one of the prison officials declared that the visitation ban had been issued by the Special Clerical Court. This official also mentioned that, if reports continue on Kazemeyni Boroujerdi’s condition in prison, some more of his supporters will be arrested.
Informed sources speculate that the visitation ban is due to the open letter his family wrote to Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran. In the letter it was stated that pressures are inflicted on family members as leverage to force [political] prisoners to repent and make false confessions.
The letter also made reference to statements made by Mr. Razini and Mr. Ghadyani, Special Clerical Court officials, who declared that: “Judging this case is beyond the authority of the court, and Supreme Leader Khamenei is the person who must make a decision.”
So far Special Clerical Court officials have refused to grant Kazemeyni Boroujerdi medical furlough- despite the recent Amnesty International report highlighting the deterioration of Boroujerdi’s health.
Kazemeyni Boroujerdi has been imprisoned for five years. Throughout this period he has been denied all his legal rights, including the right to, access an independent attorney, open court, and emergency and annual furlough. Additionally, throughout his imprisonment, he has been repeatedly banned from prison visits.

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