Update on Mehdi Fathi’s Condition in Adelabad Prison

Teacher union activist Mehdi Fathi, imprisoned in Adelabad Prison, was denied adequate medical care and medical furlough, despite suffering from heart failure and high blood pressure.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, teacher union activist Mehdi Fathi is currently serving his sentence in Adelabad Prison, Shiraz.

An informed source close to his family told HRANA, “Fathi suffers from heart failure and high blood pressure. Yet, prison officials deny him adequate medical care and refuse to dispatch him to a medical furlough.”

“Recently, prison officials promised him a medical leave. However, at the last minute, for unknown reasons, they changed their minds. Also, Fathi’s access to call his family was restricted in recent weeks.”

In March 2022, the court sentenced him to 12 years in prison on the charges of “assembly and collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the regime,” and “insulting the former and current Supreme Leader.” He was also sentenced to a two-year exile and banned from leaving the country for two years.

This sentence was reduced to eight years on appeal. Applying Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, five years for one charge was enforceable.

On June 8, 2022, security forces arrested him to start serving his sentence in Adelabad Prison.

Fathi is a history teacher, teacher union activist, and resident of the Kordshul village, Fars Province.