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Iran: Franco-Irish prisoner Bernard Phelan is ‘in critical health’

Iran: Franco-Irish prisoner Bernard Phelan is ‘in critical health’

Iran: Franco-Irish prisoner Bernard Phelan is ‘in critical health’

The 64-year-old French-Irish tourist consultant has been held in Vaqilabad Prison in Mashad, Iran’s second city, since October. This Wednesday, a French diplomatic source said Bernard Phelan, 64, was “in a critical state of health.” The man went on a hunger strike and thirst.

“He is showing severe signs of physical and psychological exhaustion,” the source said, without specifying whether his life prognosis was affected. Iranian authorities still refuse to release Bernard Phelan on medical grounds, despite repeated requests from French and Irish authorities, the same source also stressed.

On the eve of the French Foreign Ministry said it was “extremely concerned” about him. His state of health is “fragile and requires appropriate medical supervision, which is not provided in the place of his detention,” complained his press secretary, Anne-Clair Legendre.

Source: Le Parisien

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