Mahdi Khazali’s hunger strike

One week into his second hunger strike and after remaining in solitary confinement for over 40 days, Mahdi Khazali’s family has still not been given permission to visit him. According to the report, the family of this political prisoner, on this Thursday, which is visiting day for prisoners, contacted Evin Prison in the hope to visit him, but as was the case before, failed. Khazali was arrested six weeks ago along with 10 other people, making this his sixth arrest. The last arrest resulted in a 70-day hunger strike that led to his release. In light of his hunger strike and the harsh conditions of solitary confinement, his family is concerned for his health and is subject to heavy pressure to agree to interview in the media. Three of his family members were even summoned for questioning. Mahdi Khazali, a doctor and blogger as well as son of a religious leader, was initially sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Source: Iran Daily Brief

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