Iran frees hunger-striking dissident Mehdi Khazali on health grounds

Mehdi Khazal, photographed in 2012. He was serving a six-year jail sentence for acts against national security and spreading propaganda against the regime. Photograph: Maryam Majd/AFP/Getty Images

IRNA news agency says 48-year-old, who was taken to hospital after going on hunger strike, is deemed too ill to return to jail

Iranian dissident Mehdi Khazali, who was serving a six-year prison sentence for acts against national security and spreading propaganda against the regime, has been freed on health grounds.

The official IRNA news agency quoted Khazali’s lawyer as saying that the 48-year-old was admitted to hospital after going on hunger strike, and that the authorities had decided he was too ill to return to jail.

“A representative of the prosecutor and a doctor went to my client’s bedside and have judged that the continuation of imprisonment would be dangerous for his health,” said lawyer Mostafa Tork-Hamedani.

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