Concerns for Health of Iranian political prisoner Ebrahim Yazdi

Ebrahim Yazdi

Friends and relatives of Dr. Ebrahim Yazdi have expressed concern over the state of his health and have appealed to international organizations for help in securing his release.

A Jaras reporter in Tehran has confirmed that Yazdi, a member of the Islamic Revolution Council, had been spotted in prison attire in the revolutionary court on Moalem street last week. He had been brought there to extend his temporary arrest warrant and appeared to look extremely haggard and unwell. In addition, his family had been asked to bring him medicine and personal hygiene items. Dr. Yazdi is 79 years old and suffers from several ailments. Two years ago he traveled abroad to be treated with chemotherapy and underwent surgery months ago. Yazdi’s family and friends are seriously concerned for his health.

A member of the Freedom Movement of Iran who wished to remain anonymous told the Jaras reporter: “We plead for all human rights organizations, as well as all those who care about humanity to help secure our leader’s freedom so that he can proceed with his medical treatment. His life is in danger.”
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Dr. Yazdi has already been arrested twice over the past year. During the latest incident, officials from the Ministry of Intelligence arrived at his home at 3am on 28 December 2009 (the day afer the bloody Ashura protests).

Two weeks ago, counter to the constitution, the Iranian government had completely prohibited the oldest Islamic political party in Iran from engaging in any political activity. Several party members, as well as family members of the party leaders have been arrested..

Yazdi was also held in detention for 72 hours during the aftermath of last year’s presidential election, during the time that he was hospitalized.  Some say that he is the oldest prisoner in Iran.