Iranian blogger and hunger striker Hossein Ronaghi Maleki wrote a letter to Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei
Iranian blogger and hunger striker Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, has written a letter to Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei fallowing the authorities' refusal to grant him medical leave despite his rapidly failing health.
According to reports, the blogger's latest CT scan showed his left kidney had failed and is right kidney is not properly functioning.
Despite his serious medical condition and failing health Ronahhi Maleki's family says authorities refuse to grant him medical release, prompting the blogger to start a hunger strike on May 23.
His father told Saham news agency "the Prosecutor's Office and prison authorities have not cooperated much so far, but there are several IRGC operatives who, for some reason, have a personal animosity and differences of opinion with me and as a result they slow down the review process of Hossein's case. These individuals have repeatedly threatened me and my son in the past and had told me, 'your son is in our hands and we can kill him.'"
The blogger, also known under his blogging name as Babak Khorramdin , has now sent a letter to Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei which was also posted on the opposition web site Kalemeh.
"I, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki and the other political prisoners, and even the leaders of the Green Movement, Mr. Mir Hossein Mousavi, Hojatoleslam Mehdi Karroubi and Mrs. Zahra Rahnavard, have been imprisoned and have suffered tortures for seeking freedom, justice and for standing against oppression and despotism and for our concern for the future of Iran.Alas, not that anyone offered us any gratitude, but much ingratitude was offered to us," the letter [English translation] reads.
Complaining about Iran's Revolutionary Guards' systematic abuse of power and repression on dissidents Ronaghi Maleki explained: "Security and intelligence apparatuses such as Sepah's [the Revolutionary Guards'] Intelligence and the Intelligence Ministry are under the impression that they can force us to surrender to their illegitimate demands by threats, arrests and by intruding on the privacy of our homes."
"Against religion and against the law, these security apparatuses, attacked defenceless protesters, mercilessly beat them, injured hundreds of them, arrested thousands, martyred tens of them, arrested and imprisoned political activists, civil activists, critics and dissidents."
Criticising the country's security apparatus, he further denounced the use of censorship, psychological warfare on dissidents, before adding that abuses are so widespread that "now even the Bureau of Prisons is complaining about the arbitrary actions of these security apparatuses" the letter continues.
Ronahhi Maleki was arrested for his role in disseminating anti-blocking software for internet users in Iran as the head of a group called "Iran Proxy" and imprisoned in 2009.
He spent ten months in solitary confinement at the Revolutionary Guards's Evin Prison and was sentenced in October 2010 to 15 years in jail on charges of "membership in the Iran Proxy internet group," "propagating against the regime," "insulting the Supreme Leader," and "insulting the President."
He was also a member of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi's electoral campaign in the 2009 presidential elections.
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