A prisoner in a northwestern prison in Iran died last Monday as a result of the prison authorities’ medical negligence.
According to the Iran Human Rights Reporters News Agency, Ashkan Mehrivash passed away because the prison’s defibrillator was not working.
Ashkan, detained in section 15 in West Azarbaijan province’s Urmia Prison on drug related charges, was taken to the prison clinic after suffering a heart attack.
Despite this, prison officials have reported his cause of death as a “drug overdose”. According to the human rights group, one of the prison guards protested the official report and said that prison officials were blaming their medical negligence on the prisoner.
This is not the first time that a prisoner dies as a result of medical negligence. Despite this, officials have not taken any substantial measures to prevent these kinds of deaths.
Recently, two political prisoners were also killed in prison.
Detained internet activist Alireza Shir Mohammad Ali was stabbed to death by two prisoners on June 10 at the prison.
The 21 year old political prisoner was sentenced to eight years of prison on charges of “blasphemy”, “insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic”, “insulting the leader” and “spreading propaganda” against the regime.
On June 26, a 28-year-old prisoner from the Ahwazi Arab minority died under suspicious circumstances in Ahvaz in southwestern Iran.
“Benyamin Alboghbiesh was a healthy young adult when he was arrested. His alarming death just over a month later raises serious concerns about his treatment and conditions of detention, including the possible use of torture. The Iranian authorities must immediately order an effective and impartial investigation into his death, including an independent autopsy,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.