Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, the father of jailed Iranian blogger, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki is concerned for his son’s failing health and something even worse, saying: “My son’s interrogators had told me earlier in a phone call that they will kill my son and now they are proving their words right.”

Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that each day during his son’s solitary confinement, he used to contact the interrogators and they would tell him: “We will kill Hossein, we won’t let him live, and judiciary officials cannot do anything about it either.”

He added that he has received a call from Evin Prison informing him that Hossein is not well and is currently at the prison infirmary.

The father of the imprisoned blogger said he has written a letter to the Islamic Human Rights office in Tehran, as well as to the Tehran Prosecutor, declaring that his son’s life is in jeopardy and that he will die if his kidney becomes infected once again.

The senior Ronaghi has asked Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader and judiciary officials to allow his son a temporary leave from prison.

The son has had a kidney transplant and still suffers from kidney problems, as well as gallstones. In a letter, the jailed blogger recently urged the Tehran Prosecutor to grant him sick leave.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was arrested in the crackdown on widespread protests that followed the 2009 presidential election. He spent almost a year in solitary confinement and has been sentenced to 15 years in jail. His sentence is currently in the appellate court.

He received a kidney transplant in June after many appeals for medical treatment and was returned to jail against the advice of the doctors.