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Jailed Iranian Academic In 'Critical Condition'

Mohmmad Maleki (file photo)

Mohmmad Maleki (file photo)

The first chancellor of Tehran University after the 1979 Islamic Revolution remains in jail despite what his wife says is his deteriorating health, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

Mohammad Maleki, who is 76 and suffers from prostate cancer, was arrested in August during the crackdown that followed the controversial June 12 presidential election. Maleki had criticized the conduct of the vote and was charged in September with acting against Iran's national security.

Maleki's wife, Ghodsi Mirmoez, told RFE/RL that the authorities have still not brought any charges against her husband.

She added that Maleki sounded very ill the last time they spoke. She said she had not been allowed to meet him for more than 20 days. "I wonder if international organizations can do anything for my husband. His physical condition is grave," she said.

Maleki, an outspoken critic of the Iranian establishment, has been jailed a number of times in recent years. He has reportedly spent several months in solitary confinement. Maleki was also arrested when the shah was in power.