Mostafa Tajzadeh

Iranian political prisoner Mostafa Tajzadeh has finally been allowed to be taken to hospital after repeated demands by his family.

Tahavol-e Sabz website reports that Tajzadeh was examined by a neurologist and, after an MRI and CT scan, was diagnosed with severe spinal arthritis.

The report adds that Tajzadeh has been told to wear a medical neck support at all times and to use an orthopedic mattresses and pillows. The doctor has also recommended daily swims, exposure to sunlight and physiotherapy sessions.

Tahavol-e Sabz also indicates that Tajzadeh also suffered from a severe toothache, which he had reportedly endured for a long time. However since the judiciary had not specified a visit to the dentist, he was prevented from seeing one.

Tajzadeh is a senior member of the reformist party known as the Islamic Iran Participation Front. He was the minister of the interior during the presidency of reformist Mohammad Khatami. Tajzadeh was arrested following the disputed victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 presidential election, charged with “assembly and collusion against national security and propaganda against the regime.” He has been sentenced to six years in prison and a 10-year ban from political and media activities.

Many who supported the reformist candidates MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi in the 2009 presidential elections have been arrested and sentenced to long prison terms on similar charges.