Urmie; Denial of access to medical care to a political prisoner sentenced to death


On Wednesday, April 13, 2022, a prisoner sentenced to death, identified as Hatem Ozdemir, a Kurdish citizen of Turkish origin, was detained in the Central Prison of the Government of Iran in Urmia, despite the urgent need for surgery and treatment.

According to the report, he suffers from kidney stones and has a double need for medical services, but his condition has been neglected by the prison authorities.

According to an informed source, he has repeatedly requested to be sent to a hospital outside the prison for treatment. The political prisoner underwent a medical examination in a hospital outside the prison about two months ago, and his doctor diagnosed four kidney stones and required immediate surgery.

However, he was eventually returned to the prison without any treatment, and now he has been injected with painkillers and returned to the prison ward to alleviate the pain of the prison medical staff.

It is worth mentioning that the mentioned political prisoner was sentenced to death by the branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal of the Government of Iran in March 2022, 33 months after his temporary detention on charges of “prostitution” through membership in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The verdict was referred to the Supreme Court after the appeal.

Hatam Ozdemir, along with several other members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the border areas of Chaldoran, was ambushed by the Revolutionary Guards in Urmia on July 2, 2019. The mortar is anesthetized. In the meantime, Hatem Ozdemir was arrested and transferred to the detention center of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in Urmie, On August 19 of the same year, after the end of the interrogation period, he was transferred to the Central Prison of the Government of the Iran.