interview by Ahmad Batebi on VOA – 24 May 2012
“Hossein Rounaghi Maleki’s father has spoken with VOA.
About two months ago, we took Hossein to receive a nuclear CT scan and the results showed that he had lost one of his kidneys. He immediately needed to undergo medical treatment for a kidney transplant. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard prevented him from leaving the prison to receive treatment.
Hossein needs to remain under the supervision of a medical specialist for at least two months in order to determine the results of the operation.
In some cases, the body rejects the transplant kidney after two months and he may need to undergo a second operation to remove the kidney.
Unfortunately, the prison’s authority and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard did not pay attention to his situation and told us that if we allow him to leave prison, he will escape from Iran.
I am declaring that Hussein is a patriot and that he will never leave his country. If he had wanted to escape from Iran, then he would have already done so and would not be a prisoner.
I am asking from the Judiciary, prosecutors, and prison officials to review his file and to prevent unauthorized people from making a decision about his case.
They have kept him in a solitary cell for the duration of thirteen months; it is as a result of this that he lost one of his kidneys.
My request is that he be released from prison to receive medical treatment.”