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The well being of Bernard Phelan, a French-Irish prisoner in Iran who final month suspended a dry starvation strike, is deteriorating, his sister advised AFP on Tuesday.

Phelan, a Paris-based journey marketing consultant, was arrested in October whereas travelling and is being held in Mashhad in northeastern Iran.

His eyesight has began to fail, Caroline Masse-Phelan mentioned in a written assertion.

Her brother has entered his fifth month of detention within the Islamic republic the place he’s accused of anti-government propaganda, a cost he denies.

The 64-year-old Franco-Irish citizen in January gave up a starvation strike, that included refusing water, on the request of his household.

“His well being is getting worse,” Masse-Phelan mentioned in a press release to AFP Tuesday.

“He cannot see clearly anymore,” after cornea surgical procedure final 12 months, she mentioned.

She mentioned he fell on Thursday when his left knee buckled as he bought up from mattress. “He’s struggling,” she mentioned, saying he was not given strolling sticks or crutches.

It was regrettable that her brother’s identify was not on the checklist of tens of hundreds of individuals supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has promised to launch in pardons, she added.

She mentioned his cell within the Vakilabad jail in Mashhad was solely a brief distance from the cells of “people who find themselves scheduled for execution after morning prayer”.

Efforts by the French and Irish authorities to get Phelan launched have been in useless.

Frenchman Benjamin Briere, additionally held in the identical jail, has gone on starvation strike for the second time since his incarceration in Could 2020, his sister and his lawyer mentioned Monday.

Briere, who was sentenced to eight years in jail for espionage, had already gone on starvation strike as soon as earlier than, on the finish of December 2021.

Seven French residents and greater than a dozen different international nationals are held by Iran which campaigners say is taking hostages to extract concessions from the West.


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