Majid Assadi was supposed to attend his trial on Wednesday, September 26, but due to his refusal and illegal measures taken by prison authorities, the trial was canceled, according to sources inside Iran.
Assadi, who was arrested at his home in 2017 on charges of “propaganda and conspiracy against the establishment”, had previously been summoned to Evin court in northern Tehran on August 18. This appearance was canceled because he refused to wear the prison garb or allow prison authorities to cuff his hands and feet in order to transfer him to court.
Regime authorities have been denying medical care to Assadi, a graduate from Alameh Tabatabaei University, for his Ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a rheumatism disease that affects the spine, ulcers, inflammation of the intestines, and inflammation in his vision network, according to reports that came out in August. He should be visiting an outside hospital every three months to control the dangerous AS syndrome, but he has no access to physicians and specialized care. Doctors have said that due to this denial of medical care, Assadi’s digestive problems have intensified.
Assadi, who was sentenced to six years in prison and two years in exile, already spent four years in prison between 2011 and 2015. In 2012, he went on a hunger strike for a week to protest the measures taken by the regime’s courts against political prisoners Ali Moezi and Vahid Asghari, who were being held in solitary confinement in Ward 350 of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison and banned from any visits.
In a related matter, the Iranian regime is also denying medical care to political prisoner, Arash Sadeghi, who has cancer. Sadeghi needs to have several rounds of chemotherapy, but regime authorities continue to hinder his urgently needed medical care. He was even immediately returned to prison on orders of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the prosecutor’s office following surgery in September 2018, which led him to develop an infection.
Sadeghi, a human rights activist, is serving 15 years in prison on charges of insulting the leaders of the Iranian regime and “propaganda and conspiracy against the establishment”. (This is a common charge levied against anyone who speaks against the regime.)
Amnesty International issued a warning about the health conditions of Sadeghi in August.