Arash Sharifi, a Sunni political prisoner awaiting execution in Iran, has been denied medical treatment after suffering multiple asthma attacks.
Arash, who is 24-years old, is currently held at Kashan Central prison, Kashan. According to reports, the prison authorities have refused to give him medical treatment.
One of his relatives told the HRA News Agency, "[Arash] has become ill, and he suffers from chronic asthma with severe asthma attacks,"
"These days in Kashan prison, he had multiple asthma attacks, and was suffocating, but the authorities did nothing to treat him and they have not transferred him to the medical center," he said.
"The environment in Kashan Central prison is extremely polluted," he said, "and the allergens are causing the [asthma] attacks."
The symptoms of asthma can usually be easily managed through the use of medication. However, if left untreated, an asthma attack can be life-threatening.
The refusal of the authorities to provide medical treatment to Arash highlights the ongoing mistreatment and neglect faced by Sunni political prisoners in Iran.
Arash was arrested in October 20011, and was held for 12 months in solitary confinement in the Ministry of Intelligence in Sanandaj. He was severely tortured using various methods, including floggings and electrocution.
He was sentenced to death in September 2013, by judge Mohammad Moghisseh, in branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary court.
Arash was accused of association with Salafi groups, and was sentenced to death under the charge of 'Moharabeh' (enmity).
A Sunni Muslim, he was active in practicing Sunni Islam and in preaching his views. His older brother, Kaveh Sharifi, is also facing execution after spreading the teachings of Sunni Islam.