Iran activist not yet taken to hospital after hunger strike

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Posted: Jan 05, 2017 6:16 AM
Iran activist not yet taken to hospital after hunger strike

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The lawyer of an imprisoned Iranian activist who just ended a 71-day hunger strike says his client has yet to be taken to a hospital.

Lawyer Amir Raisian told The Associated Press on Thursday that Arash Sadeghi remained at Evin prison despite judicial officials approving his transfer to a hospital.

Raisian said prison authorities had offered no reason why Sadeghi had not been transferred, though he remained "hopeful" his client would be moved soon.

Sadeghi is serving a 15-year prison sentence for several charges. He ended his hunger strike Tuesday after his wife, imprisoned in a separate case, won a temporary release.

Amnesty International has criticized the delay in Sadeghi's transfer, saying he "must receive specialized, urgent and potentially life-saving treatment without any further delay."