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ICC Note: A Christian who was arrested during a house church service in Iran on February 8, 2012 is suffering from internal bleeding, but is being refused access to a doctor by prison officials, Mohabat News reports.
5/8/2013 Iran (Mohabat News) – One of the Christian prisoners in Adel-Abad prison in Shiraz is in critical health condition, suffering from a lack of much needed medical care.
According to Mohabat News correspondents, Vahid Hakkani, a Christian prisoner in Shiraz, is suffering from internal bleeding of his digestive system. As told by doctors in prison, he needs surgery urgently. However, prison officials do not seem to care and have not taken any action to accommodate his transfer to a hospital for the much needed surgery. Mr. Hakkani’s condition has been reported as critical.
Unfortunately, prisoners of the ward known as “Ebrat” (meaning edification), Mr. Hakkani being among them, are not given even minimum care and time to get fresh air. This has caused physical and mental difficulties for many of them. The ward is especially dedicated to prisoners of conscience.
Also, because these prisoners are taken to medical centers with their hands and feet chained and are humiliated, they do not readily express personal interest to be transferred to hospital.
Mr. Hakkani, together with Mojtaba Seyyed-Alaedin Hossein, Mohammad-Reza Partoei (also known as Koroush), and Homayoun Shokouhi, were arrested as they gathered for worship in a house church on February 8, 2012. The security authorities arrested them as well as a number of other Christian believers in attendance for participating in house-church services, evangelizing and promoting Christianity, having contact with foreign Christian ministries, propagating against the regime and disturbing national security.

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