Health of political prisoner Esmaeil Barzegar, incarcerated in Ward 350 of Evin prison, is deteriorating due to hunger strike.
Barzegar, a dentist, has been on a hunger strike a total of eight times since his incarceration began.
In the past few days, Barzegar’s health had deteriorated and he was taken to Evin’s medical clinic several times.
Esmaeil Barzegar was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison by the presiding Judge Pirabasi of Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, on charges of anti-national security acts.
Barzegar has been on a hunger strike a total of eight times to protest his conviction and sentence.
Barzegar launched his latest hunger strike on June 29th. Some of his previous hunger strikes lasted 48 days, 38 days, 25 days and 15 days. During his last hunger strike he was in a coma for 11 days.
Each time he was on a hunger strike, the Judiciary officials promised a review of his case but that has not occurred as of yet.
Barzegar was arrested by IRGC forces on April, 8, 2011 in Tabriz and was transferred to Evin prison in Tehran. He was incarcerated in solitary confinement for six months.
This political prisoner has served 15 months of his sentence. He has denied the charges of espionage, separatism and Pan-Turkism that are mentioned in his case.
He considers himself an Iranian believing in the sovereign nation of Iran, and has shown his dedication to the Iranian nation and it’s culture by attending many of the ceremonies commemorating the martyrs. He is also a talented signer and song writer and has written many nationalistic songs such as “Iran, my home”.