By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
According to the Hrana news agency citing a family member of Mrs. Maryam Akbari Monfared, a prisoner of conscience in Iran, her case is scheduled to be evaluated in the country’s supreme court today. Akbari Monfared has been jailed for the sole reason of her relatives being members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MeK), an opposition organization banned in Iran.
It is worth noting that Mrs. Akbari Monfared, suffering from various illnesses, was arrested in January 2010 following widespread rallies against Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei. On June 1, 2010 she was sentenced by Judge Salavati to 15 years behind bars. The charges raised against this political prisoner was “moharebe” (enmity against God) through membership in the PMOI/MeK, which she has denied time and again.
Akbari Monfared, held currently in Rajaie Shahr Prison, west of Tehran, was transferred along with 8 other prisoners to Gharchak Varamin Prison back in March 2011. Protesting her conditions in prison, she began writing numerous letters, including to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran. As a result she transferred to the women’s ward of Evin Prison, where she remains held today.
Two of her brothers were executed back in 1981 and 1984 after being convicted on charges of connection and membership in the PMOI/MeK. Her younger brother and sister were executed in the summer of 1988 as waves of political prisoners were sent to the gallows by the mullahs’ regime. Akbari Monfared had prior to this wrote in a letter to Dr. Shaheed citing Judge Salavati saying, “You are paying the price of your sister and brothers’ actions.”
Furthermore, according to reports issued by the family of another political prisoner by the name of Hadi Ghaemi, whose relatives are PMOI/MeK members, has been transferred to a hospital due to his deteriorating conditions.
Ghaemi was arrested in the 2009 uprisings and sentenced to 15 years behind bars. To impose increasing pressure on Ghaemi officials have transferred him to Gonbard Kavoos Prison in a faraway area in northern Iran. The harsh prison conditions in Gonbad, being deprived of any visits with his family due to the prison being far away from Tehran, psychological tortures, his old age and the numerous illnesses he is suffering from have all added to the pressures on this political prisoner. Some time ago the Iranian regime was forced to transfer him to ward 7, hall 3 of Evin Prison in Tehran due to his dire physical conditions and old age.