Dr. Mehdi Khazali was released from prison after 70 days of hunger strike incarcerated in Evin Wards 209 and 350.
According to reports received by Kalameh, Mehdi Khazali, due to his prolonged hunger strike, lost about 66 lbs and become so weak that could barely walk without using a cane.
Khazali, an author, blogger and Iran-Iraq war veteran launched a hunger strike protesting his illegal and violent arrest on January 9, 2012.
His arrest by the Intelligence Ministry’s agents involved such violence that Khazali suffered a broken arm, broken teeth and injured leg. His arm was in a cast for three weeks.
During his incarceration his health deteriorated and became dire. He suffered a heart attach and was hospitalized at Taleghani hospital. He was kidnapped from Taleghani hospital in the middle of the night by Intelligence Ministry’s agents and taken to an Intelligence Ministry’s affiliated hospital.
The first 35 days of his incarceration in Evin, Mehdi Khazali was placed in solitary confinement in Ward 209 before being transferred to the General Public Ward 350. The last 15 days of his incarceration he was put back in solitary confinement in Evin Ward 209.
According to witnesses and cellmates, Khazali’s support from his cellmates was to an extent that the Intelligence Ministry’s agents opposed to his stay in the General Ward among other prisoners, and moved him back to solitary confinement.
Mehdi Khazali was released from prison in the early morning hours of March 19 on his mother’s guarantee.