Political prisoner Nejat Anvar Hamidi, has been infected with coronavirus in Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz.
According to our sources, rather than receiving medical treatment, she is being held in a quarantine ward with no access to medical care or medication.
According to a source close to her family, she and other prisoners were told that the prison doctor was ill and would not come to the prison. She needs antibiotics. But she was only given antipyretic medication.
The same source added: “Nejat’s family prepared the medication she needed and gave it to the prison with frequent visits. However, it is not clear if she receives them because she is being held in quarantine ward.
She suffers from severe eye disease, and experiences chronic headaches – a result of being imprisoned in the 1980s. Due to her age, her life is more at risk.
In March 2019, Nejat Anvar Hamidi, 61, was arrested on charges of supporting the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and was transferred to Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz.
She was arrested in 1981 for supporting the PMOI and held in the regime’s prisons for 2 years and 4 month. Nejat Anvar Hamidi was eventually released on bail; however, the regime issued a warrant for her arrest and she was re-arrested. Her new sentence was for 5 years.
In March 2019, she was transferred to Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz to serve the rest of her sentence.
Another case has been filed against the prisoner, which is likely to increase her sentence.
Nejat Anvar Hamidi’s husband and daughter were also arrested, interrogated, and threatened. The authorities informed the family members that they had no right to legal counsel. They were also told that if they sought counsel anyway, they would be arrested on charges of failing to cooperate with intelligence forces and representing a threat to national security.
According to our sources, at least 50 women political prisoners have contracted coronavirus in Sepidar Prison.