Khaled Hardani was born in Ahvaz. He was was first sentenced to death, but this was then reduced to life in prison. He has been serving his sentence in Evin and Rajai Shahr prisons since 2000.
He underwent eight surgeries while in prison, but his treatment was ineffective because of the polluted environment in the prison. Prison doctors repeatedly requested that he be sent to specialized hospitals, which is confirmed by forensic experts. However, prison authorities refused. He is currently staging a hunger strike to protest the conditions endured by political prisoners.
In his letter, Khalid Hardani, wrote about the shooting of Asghar Nahvi. “Inhumane and cruel treatment on the streets in the name of promotion of virtue and prevention of vice, and evil and negative treatment of agents of ‘fire at will’ toward young girls and boys with the pretext of mal-veiling or mischief, is an insult to the Iranians’ intelligence, an insult to the will of the younger generation for freedom.”
He continued, “Ever growing poverty and social discontent and theoretical obstacles of the regime for exporting the revolution at the head and the collapse of the hegemony of the supreme leader (velayat-e-faqih) among the masses, mismanagement in the so-called government organs and banks, largely affiliated with the security forces and the IRGC and looting people’s deposits, the protest movement of workers, teachers and the rest of deprived community throughout the country show the real causes of the criminal death of Asghar Nahvi in the capital of the Islamic Republic, and that the burning anger of the people from injustice and tyranny is imposed on them.”
Hardani added, “Straight shooting to the heart of Asghar Nahvi by mercenaries of ‘fire at will’ is undoubtedly a shooting into the heart of society protesting against the clerical regime, which has shown a full-length of the ugly and inhumane display of over 38 years of executions, torture and imprisonment in the world.”
In his letter to UN Special Rapporteur, Hardani stated that the Iranian regime “is floundering in systematic corruption”, and he stressed the “mismanagement in state organs and government, such as ransom, looting and stealing billions of dollars of national assets, inhumane interference in the region and stewardship in the killing of the people, along with the evil regime in the region (Bashar al-Assad) and participating in the mass killing of Syrian children and women, displacing more than 5 million people and supporting terrorist groups in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Bahrain.”
He also addressed the “implementation of unconventional and destructive programs, such as missile and nuclear weapons, and the imposition of billions of dollars in damage to the people, as well as the deepening of racial, religious, and political discrimination.”
Hardani concluded his letter by saying, “Evident injustice in the behavior of the judiciary under the Supreme Leader and continuation of executions, torture, imprisonment and kidnapping opponents and their families, journalists, human rights activists and religious and ethnic minorities, currently in prison two Christians named Ibrahim Firouzi and Amin Afshar Nadery are on hunger strike and prior to them Rassoul Hardani and Ismail Abdi and Athena Daemi were on hunger strike, as well as the widening gap between the layers of poor and rich (read mercenaries of the government) and the collapse of the main foundation of society, i.e. the family through drug injecting and forced poverty among young people, and various classes of the society, organized unemployment and … thousands of various sufferings inflicted on the people in the past 38 years.”