Saturday, July 28, 2012
Jailed Iranian Pastor Denied Hospital Treatment
By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
SURREY, ENGLAND (ANS) -- Pastor Behnam Irani, currently held in Ghezal Hesar prison in Iran, is being denied hospital treatment for severe bleeding due to stomach ulcers and complications with his colon.
Sources close to CSW fear that he may have months or only weeks to live. Irani is being kept in his cell as his health continues to decline. He has received death threats from fellow prisoners and endured regular beatings from his cell mates and prison authorities. As a result of these injuries, he has difficulty walking. He also has trouble with his vision.
CSW reported that Irani pastors the Church of Iran congregation in Karaj. He was arrested in Dec. 2006, and sentenced to six years imprisonment on charges of “action against the state” and “action against the order.”
CSW said the verdict against Irani includes text that describes him as an apostate and reiterates that apostates “can be killed.”
CSW said during the first few months of his imprisonment, Irani was held in solitary confinement in a small cell, where guards would repeatedly wake him from sleep as a form of psychological torture. He was moved into a cramped room where inmates could not lie down to sleep, before being transferred to his current cell.
CSW the organization continues to urge Iran to honor its international legal obligations and grant unconditional release to Irani and others currently detained or facing execution on account of their faith.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide works for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.
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