Authorities deny journalist was on hunger strike before death

Their statement appears in a report published by Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). It quotes an unnamed source, “the head of the Evin Prison infirmary and Hoda Saber’s doctor,” saying the jailed journalist died from a “massive heart attack.” The IRNA report adds that Hoda Saber received all necessary medical care, as would be expected, in the last hours of his life.

According to IRNA, the head of infirmary has reported that Hoda Saber was brought to the medical facility at about 5AM on Friday. He was given an electrocardiogram which showed nothing out of the ordinary. According to IRNA, the unidentified prison official says Hoda Saber was then given medication, which he said alleviated his pain, and he was returned to his cell. An hour later, says the source, he was in pain once more and was taken to hospital after a second ECG.

The report indicates that Hoda Saber’s vital signs were fine when he was sent to hospital. The unnamed official says the patient even wanted to walk into the hospital himself but was forbidden by hospital personnel, who took him in a wheelchair.

IRNA says the infirmary chief refutes reports that Hoda Saber was on a hunger strike, because all such prisoners are visited by infirmary personnel, who compile a daily record of their medical condition, even if they don’t require immediate medical care.

“There was no such file on Hoda Saber, and he has no history…

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