Jailed Iranian Journalist’s Health ‘Deteriorating’

The wife of jailed Iranian journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi says his health is deteriorating and he has lost a great deal of weight, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports.

Mahdieh Mohammadi told Radio Farda on June 27 that Zeidabadi has lost about 10 kilos in the past month and may be seriously ill, but is not allowed to leave the prison for medical tests.

Mohammadi said she last visited her husband on June 23. She said she is worried he may have contracted a disease from other prisoners with whom he has been kept for a long time.

Zeidabadi was taken into custody in June 2009, one day after the disputed Iranian presidential election. He was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment and five years’ internal exile, and banned for life from political and civic activity.

Mohammadi said Zeidabadi has not been granted furlough “even for an hour” since his arrest two years ago.

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