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Jailed Iranian Activist Allowed Visit From Wife

Arjang Davoodi (undated)

Arjang Davoodi (undated)

Hunger-striking Iranian political activist Arjang Davudi has been allowed to see his wife for the first time since his prison protest started two months ago, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

Davudi, who is said to be in a severely weakened condition, was arrested in 2003 on charges related to his founding of the Freedom Movement of Iranians political group.

He began his hunger strike to protest the alleged violation of his rights in Tehran's Gohardasht prison, where he is serving a 10-year sentence.

Nazanin Davudi, Arjang Davudi's wife, told Radio Farda that he is continuing his hunger strike despite his poor health.

"Since last Thursday [September 9] when I visited him after nearly two months, we could talk on phone once but he couldn't talk to me freely," she told Radio Farda.

Nazanin Davudi added that Mohammad Ali Dadkhah and Amir Raeesiyan are officially acting as Davudi's lawyers and are trying to persuade him to end his hunger strike.

"[The lawyers] told me that as long as he is on the hunger strike the judiciary officials won't reply to our requests and won't be cooperative with us," she told Radio Farda.

Davudi's wife also noted that pressure from the international press on the Iranian government had been helpful in getting officials to allow her to visit her husband.

"After nearly a month and a half and after pressure from the media and my frequent requests, the Iranian authorities eventually allowed me to visit my husband," she told Radio Farda.

At their last visit, Arjang Davudi told his wife that as long as the prison officials continue to ignore his basic rights he will continue his hunger strike.