Ayatollah Hossein Kazameini Boroujerdi (Iran)

Case Background

Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi was arrested on 8 October 2006. Following a grossly unfair trial before the Special Court for the Clergy, he was sentenced in August 2007 to 11 years’ imprisonment on charges related to his advocacy for the separation of religion and state.

He was released from prison on temporary medical leave on 4 January. He has been effectively placed under house arrest without judicial order or oversight; the authorities have placed severe restrictions on his freedom of movement. He is only allowed to leave his home in Tehran to attend hospital and doctor appointments. He is not permitted any visitors and his home is under 24-hour surveillance by officials from the Special Court for the Clergy. Officials from the court have paid frequent visits to his house to warn him against speaking to the media, threatening to kill him if he does so.

Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi’s health remains poor. Since his release, he has had medical tests and some treatment but continues to suffer from numerous medical conditions, a number of which he developed in prison and which were exacerbated by the denial of adequate medical care in prison. His doctors have told him his medical conditions are the result of years in prison, being kept in unsanitary conditions, given inadequate nutrition, and lack of medical care.

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