Australian-Iranian Shokrollah Jebeli, 83, Dies In Tehran Prison
Shokrollah Jebeli died on Sunday in the Evin prison hospital in Tehran, according to his son Peyman. According to Amnesty International, his treatment in prison amounted to torture. Iran has remained silent.
Mr. Jebeli’s death comes at a time when the situation of dual nationals imprisoned in Iran is receiving increased attention.
Morad Tahbaz, a British-American conservationist who has been jailed in Iran since 2018 on spying allegations, has gone on hunger strike after Iran refused to release him when two other British-Iranian nationals, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori, were released on Thursday.
Iran does not recognize dual nationality, and no precise numbers on the number of detainees exist. He claimed that his father’s health had worsened significantly in the previous 24 hours and that his father had been forced to sign a declaration stating that the prison would not be held liable if anything bad occurred to him.
According to his relatives, Mr. Jebeli had been in poor health for a long time, had fallen over more than ten times, and had suffered a stroke while in prison.
They said he received poor medical treatment. Amnesty International stated last week that Iranian officials were torturing Mr. Jebeli by “deliberately depriving him of proper specialized medical treatment and withholding medication for his various significant health issues.”
Iran has refused to accept Mr. Jebeli’s Australian citizens, according to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Given his age, underlying infirmities, and illness, the Australian government has “repeatedly sought his release on compassionate and humanitarian grounds,” according to the report.
Mr. Jebeli migrated to Australia in 1976 and built his home in Sydney, according to Australian media, before returning to Iran in 2007.
According to Amnesty International, two allegations connected to money disputes had been filed against him, with one case resulting in a four-year and six-month sentence and the other case still pending.
According to the human rights group, a study by the head of the prison clinic in January concluded that Mr. Jebeli’s continued detention would be “life-threatening.”
“He is being imprisoned in conditions that contravene the absolute ban of torture and other forms of ill-treatment,” Amnesty International wrote in a draught letter to Iran’s judiciary chief, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei.
“He is forced to sleep on the floor on a mattress in an overcrowded and insect-infested cell with roughly 19 other convicts and is deprived of sufficient accommodation.”
He has trouble walking alone and must rely on other inmates to complete basic daily duties. He’s fallen a few times, chipping his teeth and causing cuts on his face and torso.” Peyman Jebeli confirmed his father’s death on Sunday night. Stay tuned for more fascinating updates.
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