Omid Reza Misayafi has died in prison . Omid was sentenced in December to two and a half years in prison for “insulting” Iranian religious leaders.
“(T)he reason for his death,” has not been announced but he was in very bad psychological condition.”
Considering torture and other types of mistreatment are par for the course for free speech prisoners in Iranian prisons, Omid’s death may well have been a direct result of Iranian government actions. Considering the government usually places bloggers in prison with the most dangerous criminals, his death may only have been an indirect result. Either way, the men of the government of Iran and its prisons have a lot to answer for.
- Omid was imprisoned in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, having been sentenced in February to 2.5 years for “insulting” the country’s leadership for a couple of critical posts on his blog, which was generally focused on music and culture, not politics.
- He had served 41 days in prison prior to making bail in April of 2008.
- He was psychologically distraught, possibly suicidal.
- He had access to medicine, something with a sedative quality.
- On Wednesday, March 18, he took more of the medicine than was safe, possibly on purpose.
- A fellow inmate, a doctor named Hessam Firouzi, alerted prison authorities that Omid’s heart rate was dangerously slow.
- The prison authorities said he was faking and refused to take him to a hospital.
- Omid died.
- Prison authorities stated that he died by suicide.
- If this situation is accurate, the prison authorities, and their masters, are responsible for Omid’s death in three ways: by putting him in Evin Prison to begin with, by harassing him and|or allowing him to be harassed, and by refusing him medical help. However, given the death of Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi, who was said to have died of a stroke and was later discovered to have had a fractured skull, it is quite possible that the circumstances of his death are quite different from in these reports.
This is one of so many stories. It’s still going on now and it will not stop till Freedom comes back to Iran. A prayer for all those who suffering brutal violence in the prisons of Iran