Political prisoner, Arzhang Davoodi is currently confined at Rajai Shahr Prison in his 18th year in jail under harsh conditions.
The human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution”, December 2, 2021- Political prisoner Arzhang Davoodi, in his 18th year in prison, is currently being held in Rajai Shahr Prison in a cell separate from other political prisoners under extremely harsh conditions.
Political prisoner Arzhang Davoodi, now 68, suffers from a variety of diseases, including heart problems, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, anemia, nerve problems, upset stomach, asthma, osteoporosis and the loss of most of his teeth due to the horrific conditions in prison.
During his years in prison, this political prisoner has lost many family members. He has also been deprived of many facilities and minimum rights of prisoners in various prisons of the Islamic Republic, especially in Rajai Shahr Prison.
On the other hand, in 2018, he was thrown from the second floor down, by the head and deputy of Zahedan prison with his hands and feet tied, his pelvis, scapula, ankle and back were broken and damaged. This elderly political prisoner cannot walk easily due to a leg and pelvic injury, making it for him harder than ever to endure a prison term under harsh conditions.
In mid May 2021, after five years of exile in Zahedan and Zabol prisons, political prisoner Arzhang Davoodi was first transferred to Fashafouyeh Prison (The Greater Tehran Prison) and then transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison as the head of the Fashafouyeh Prison refused to admit him.
The management of Rajai Shahr Prison also did not allow Arzhang to be in the ward of political prisoners, and after six months, he remains confined separately in a cell without contact with other prisoners under difficult conditions.
In the past 18 years, political prisoner Arzhang Davoodi was exiled to various prisons such as Evin Prison, Ahvaz Detention Center, Bandar Abbas Prison, Rajai Shahr Prison, Zabol Prison, and Zahedan Prison. In 2007, his house and car were confiscated by government agents. During his time in prison, he repeatedly protested human rights abuses in the dictatorial prisons of Velayat-e-Faqih in his messages.
Mr. Arzhang Davoodi was arrested in November 2003 and subjected to the most severe torture in solitary confinement of “Revolutionary Guards Prison 328”, Ward 2A. Then, judge Dehnavi sentenced him to 15 years imprisonment, five years of deprivation of social rights, permanent disengagement from the management of the “Parto Hekmat Educational-Cultural Complex”, 74 lashes, and exile to prisons in south of the country on charges such as “launching and establishing the Iranian Freedom Movement and the Iranian Students’ Confederation”.
In July 2014, he, then 61, was sentenced to death after 10 years in prison on charges of “membership, sympathizing and acting effectively in advancing the PMOI/MEK’s goals. After a while, the sentence was reduced to five years in prison (added to the 15 years in prison). Mr. Davoodi was deported from Rajai Shahr Prison in October 2016 to Zabol Prison.