Environmental activist was returned to prison after negative corona test

Sam Rajabi, the environmental activist who was transferred to hospital for showing COVID19 symptoms, was returned to the prison after his test turned out negative.

His sister, Katayun Rajabi, reported that the scans showed that Sam’s lungs were fine, and he was diagnosed with the flu and was transferred back to prison.

 

Death of at least nine prisoners in Iran from COVID-19

Reports from Iran indicate the death of nine prisoners in Fashashuyeh, Qarchak Varamin, and Urmia prisons from COVID-19, but the president of the Prisons Organization in Iran has denied these reports.

On Thursday, it was reported that two prisoners recently died of coronavirus due to lack of medical treatment. One prisoner in Urmia prison and six prisoners have died in Tehran’s central prison.

 

EU sends 20 million Euros in humanitarian aid to Iran

High Representative of the European Union,‌ Josep Borrell, announced that the EU will send €20 million in humanitarian aid to Iran to help alleviate the coronavirus outbreak, and will support Tehran's request for IMF financial help.

Borrell stated: “We've not been able to provide a lot of humanitarian help but there is some €20 million in the pipeline ... that we expect to be delivered over the next weeks."

“We also agree in supporting the request by Iran and also by Venezuela to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to have financial support,” he continued.

 

Ali Bikas sentenced to 10 years in prison and mandatory Basij service

Human Rights in Iran Organization reported that Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced Ali Bikas, one of the protesters arrested in November, to ten years in prison and mandatory service in Basij forces.

Bikas was charged with “assembly and conspiracy to undermine national security through participation in protest” and “disrupting public order through shouting and making noises.

He was among the 46 political prisoners who went on hunger strike on Monday in protest to rejection of his request for temporary leave due to the spread of coronavirus in prison.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was released from prison with electronic ankle bracelet for two weeks

Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, the Iranian-British citizen incarcerated in Evin prison was released for two weeks with an electronic ankle bracelet due to the concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in Iranian prisons.

She had previously informed her family about the coronavirus outbreak in prison and said that some of the prisoners had contracted the disease. She had also complained about the lack of medical care in prison.

 

 

 

A member of Khamenei’s office is on the COVID19 list

Fars News has released a list of “country officials who have COVID19”. The name of Vice President Es’hagh Jahangiri is on the list. His office had previously denied the news.

Mohammad Javad Irvani, the deputy of oversight and auditing of the office of the leader of the Islamic Republic is also on the list of officials with COVID19. Fars News has reported that he has been quarantined and is getting better.