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Family of jailed Iranian Kurdish
Journalist appeals for his release
December 4, 2010
TEHRAN, — The family of imprisoned
Iranian journalist Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand has
written to the UN Secretary General and
international bodies to solicit help in securing his
release, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.
Kaboudvand is four years into an 11-year jail
sentence on charges of "inciting the public" through
the Human Rights High Commission in Kurdistan that
he founded. He is being held in Tehran's Evin
Kaboudvand, 48, suffers from multiple health
problems, including a heart condition and problems
with blood pressure and his prostate. He has
survived several strokes and is currently under
observation by the prison doctors, who have said in
a statement that he is likely to die if not released
Human Rights High Commission in Kurdistan spokesman
Ejlal Ghavami told Radio Farda on December 2 that
Kaboudvand's condition is extremely serious. Ghavami
said Kaboodvand's request for leave was rejected,www.ekurd.neteven
though prison doctors said in their statement they
can longer provide him with adequate treatment.
Iranian journalist and human right activist Mohammad
Sadiq Kaboudvand is serving an 11-year sentence in
Tehran's Evin prison.
He said "we are still
hoping" that ruling will be revised.
Kaboudvand's wife, Parinaz Husseini, does not know
whether her request for him to be released on leave
has been forwarded to the prison authorities.
In 2009, Kaboudvand
won a Hellman/Hammett grant for persecuted writers
from campaign group Human Rights Watch, as well as
the International Journalist of the Year Award at
the Press Gazette British Press Awards.
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