Omid Kokabee’s fate is at the mercy of the Revolutionary Courts, who execute the will of the Supreme Leader, now that he has suffered kidney cancer and had his right kidney removed.
Omid Kokabee was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer that required surgery to completely remove his right kidney. Kokabee has been in Evin Prison in Iran since 2011 for failing to cooperate with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. He was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison, where he remains. He was recently moved to a hospital for surgery to address this cancer but is expected to be returned to prison following surgery.
Dr. Eugene Chudnovsky, a Distinguished Professor of Physics at City University of New York and a co-chair of CCS, has written an editorial for The Washington Examiner detailing this case.
Scientist Dying in Prison for Refusing to Help Iran Develop Nuclear Weapon
Fifteen years ago the supreme leader of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, met with 18-year-old Omid Kokabee, a high-school graduate of extraordinary talent who performed exceptionally well on the country’s nationwide college entrance exams. Today, Kokabee is dying in an Iranian prison for his refusal to apply his talents to help Iran develop an atomic bomb.
I told the story of Omid Kokabee in two Washington Examiner op-eds published on April 23 and September 2 of last year. He was a physics doctoral student at the University of Texas in Austin when he was arrested in Tehran on a visit with his family during a winter break in 2011.
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- Iran: Denial of adequate medical treatment to political prisoners unacceptable – UN rights experts (ohchr.org)
- Iran: Imprisoned Physicist’s Cancer Care in Jeopardy (hrw.org)
- After Losing Kidney to Cancer, Imprisoned Physicist Must Be Treated for Other Illnesses (iranhumanrights.org)
- Cancer threatens physicist considered prisoner of conscience (sciencemag.org)
- Iran court rules cancer-stricken prisoner must complete term (al-monitor.com)
- Free Omid Kokabee, another Iranian prisoner of conscience (richarddawkins.net)
- Iran denying medical care to political prisoners, activists say (theguardian.com)
- Letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamanei (scholarsatrisk.nyu.edu)