Prominent Iranian dissident Hossein Ronagi has been returned to prison after being treated in hospital after more than 50 days of a hunger strike, the judiciary said Tuesday.
“He was discharged from the hospital after being examined by a doctor and returned to prison,” reported the Mizan online news site for the judiciary.
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Ronagi is among dozens of prominent rights activists arrested in the crackdown on protests that erupted after Masa Amini’s death, following his arrest by morality police, according to a rights group based outside Iran. , a journalist and a lawyer.
For years, Wall Street Journal contributor Ronagi, 37, was one of the most fearless critics of the Islamic Republic still living in the country.
The hunger strike he started after he was arrested on Sept. 24 and imprisoned in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison because his family said he was suffering from a pre-existing kidney condition. , which raised concerns for his health.
Mizan Online had reported on Monday that Ronaghi’s condition was “stable” and ready for discharge.
His family also said he was in good health after a visit by his parents on Monday.
Authorities have denied reports that Ronagi was physically injured before being hospitalized, or that his heart had stopped and he required resuscitation upon arrival.
The United States has expressed concern over his case.
“The torture and abuse of political prisoners like Mr. Lonagi must stop,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Monday.
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