Arash Mohammadi in critical condition after ending hunger strike

HRANA News Agency – Student activist Arash Mohammadi has ended his hunger strike but is in critical condition. He has been transferred out of the Quarantine Ward and is now being held in the general population in Tabriz Prison.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Naghi Mahmodi, an attorney connected with Mohammadi, has announced that he has ended his hunger strike. “Arash started his hunger strike on June 17 to protest against being assaulted and tortured while he was in custody,” Mahmodi said.

Mohammadi and a number of other residents of Tabriz were arrested on the evening of June 15 during celebrations following Hassan Rouhani’s victory in the presidential election. He was then subjected to interrogations on charges of propaganda against the regime and conspiracy against national security.

“Arash was tortured severely during interrogation,” Mahmodi added. “As a result, his physical health deteriorated fast. He is now in critical condition.”

Mohammadi has been in prison previously for political reasons. On Nov. 3, 2011, he was arrested with his brother and spent 66 days in custody. He was subsequently sentenced to a year in prison, but after spending four months behind bars, he was granted conditional release.


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