PMOI (MEK) member Abdul Ali Ghanbari passed away in Albania

Mr. Abdul Ali Ghanbari, who is the 27th martyr of the medical blockade in Camp Liberty, passed away on September 2nd 2015. This occurred due to the multiple obstructions of the Iraqi forces in the treatment of Abdul Ali and the need for his faster transport to Europe which went unheeded despite warnings from doctors and representatives of Camp Liberty.

After four decades of struggle against the Shah and the Clerical regime he died in a hospital in Albania due to cancer and delay in his treatment because of the inhumane medical siege of Camp Liberty.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the Iranian Resistance, offered her condolences to all PMOI members. She praised Abdul Ali Ghanbari and described his courage, devotion and faithfulness in the difficult situations as an example of the will of the Iranian people for overthrowing the dictatorship in Iran. She called on the United States government, UNAMI, UNHCR and Government of Iraq to take immediate action to end the antihuman siege of Camp Liberty to prevent more patients from being tortured to death which is a great crime against humanity.

Abdul Ali Ghanbari was born in 1958 and he joined the support of the PMOI (MEK) in the seventy’s and was arrested and tortured and subjected to imprisonment for more than six months. After the anti-monarchy revolution he joined the professional ranks of the Mojahedin (MEK) and until his last days on earth he did not stop short of the struggle.

In a joint letter to the Deputy UNAMI Chief on December 21st 2012 referring to the pressure and sabotage of Iraqi forces in treating patients in Camp Liberty, four doctors of the PMOI in Camp Liberty expressed concerns of the risks faced by some of the serious patients including Abdul Ali due to this blockade. Legal advisors of Camp Liberty residents also sent two letters on June 21st and 24th to the UNHCR in Baghdad mentioning the names of acute patients who had been denied hospital access for more than two weeks and the third name of the list was of Abdul Ali and told of his plight and need for chemotherapy.

His name was given by residents in multiple lists for urgent action through the UNAMI and UNHCR and also directly to European countries and had emphasized his immediate transfer. But he was transferred to Albania in October 2014 after a long delay and was treated immediately but due to the delay and progression of the disease doctors efforts were not effective.