Political prisoner dies in Iran due to severe torture


Source: Iranian Political prisoners Association

A Kurdish political activist, Kaveh Azizpour, has died in a hospital in west Iran after undergoing a double operation on May 16, 2008. He was reported to have been severely tortured in a so-called detention centre.

His relatives have reported that Mr. Azizpour had more than a dozen heart attacks while being interrogated by the Intelligence Ministry agents and had been unconscious in the hospital for 20 days.

Assad Azizpour, the victim’s brother, has reported that the last operation was done on his brother’s brain because of an attack after which he went into a coma. Evidently Mr. Azizpour was dragged out of hospital by the Ministry’s agents 48 hours after the operation, while ignoring the medical staff’s warnings about Mr. Azizpours situation, only to be interrogated once again.

Assad Azizpour insisted that the doctors had made it clear to the authorities that any transfer of Kaveh Azizpour before his 2 month period of rehabilitation would be fatal for him.

Mr. Azizpours charges are said to be collaboration with a Kurdish dissident group.

Prior to this, 25-year-old Kaveh had been arrested and imprisoned in January 2006 in connection with dissident Kurdish groups by the Mahabad Intelligence Offices.

In January 2006, the Organization in defense of Human Rights in Kurdistan had announced that Kaveh Azizpour and his brother Assad Azizpour had been arrested in a clash between habitants of the “Daryass” village in Mahabad and government forces, West of Iran.

In January 2008, a Law faculty student, Ebrahim Lotfollahi, had been killed mysteriously while in custody of the Intelligence Ministry agents in Western Iran. In a postmortem, it was reported that Mr.Lotfollahi’s skull had been crushed and his nose broken.

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