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Jailed Journalist in Failing Health, Denied Medical Treatment


Iran -- Journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi (R) and former deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Aminzadeh during a hearing at the revolutionary court in Tehran, 25Aug2009

Iran -- Journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi (R) and former deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Aminzadeh during a hearing at the revolutionary court in Tehran, 25Aug2009

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

Mahdieh Mohammadi told Radio Farda yesterday hat 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.

She added that she has called the prison warden's office and infirmary, and has
written a letter to the prosecutor demanding that Zeidabadi either be taken to
hospital or allowed to leave prison for treatment, but to no avail.

The winner of the 2011 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize,
Zeidabadi is a board member of the Association of Iranian Journalists. He also
heads Iran's largest pro-reform student organization, the Iranian Alumni
Association.

Zeidabadi is a former professor of political science and editor in chief of the
newspaper "Azad." He also contributed to other media, including the daily
"Hamshahari," the BBC Persian Service, and the Rooz website.


Compiled by RFE's Radio Farda and O wire.
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