Reza Shahabi has decided to continue his hunger strike
but agreed to take
Date: Sunday 12 December
Reza Shahabi, treasurer and member board of director of
Tehran bus workers syndicate, has decided on Sunday 12 December 2010 to end
his dry hunger strike (not taking either food or liquids), according
to a credible report which also been confirmed by the family. The report however
states that Shahabi is still determined to continue with the hunger strike,
taking only liquids.
Reza Shahabi who is held in section 209 in Notorious
Evin prison contacted a source by telephone on the ninth day of his dry
hunger strike and while his voice was barely audible, he informed the
source that he has decided to end his dry hunger strike but will continue his
hunger strike by taking only liquids. His decision is in response to
various workers organisations and labour activists both in Iran and internationally,
requesting him to end his strike. He also gives his regards and thanked all
the workers organisations and activists for their support and solidarity.
Reza Shahabi was rushed to the clinic in Evin on
Saturday, December 11, 2010, on his eighth day of dry hunger strike, due to
his deteriorating health. By telephone contact today he has said that his
interrogators have claimed that his case will be decided by the end of the week.
It has also been reported that the judiciary authority confirmed that his case
will be investigated not by a court that was previously mentioned but by the
Tehran Public prosecution office at Globandac district.
Reza Shahabi was arrested on 12 June 2010 and has been
held in Evin prison ever since without being charged. Two months ago, he and
his family were informed that he can be released on bail of 60 million Tomans
(about 57,000 US Dollars). Later the bail was increased to almost 100,000 US
Dollars but no authority has taken responsibility for accepting the bail.
Reza Shahabi went on hunger strike on Saturday 4
December in protest against his long detention in the notorious Evin
prison. It has been reported that his health has been significantly
deteriorating after the 9th day of his hunger strike.
More updates will be issued when news from reliable
sources are received.
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