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Jailed Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji hospitalized outside prison

Tehran, July 18, IRNA-Iranian jailed journalist Akbar Ganji has been transferred to Tehran's Milad Hospital from Evin prison on Monday, his daughter said.

A recent photo of Ganji

Talking to IRNA, Rezvaneh Ganji said her father was taken to the hospital, western part of the capital, after 35 days in hunger strike.

"No judicial sources informed us on the issue," Rezvaneh said adding her family were told by one of the associates.

Ganji is serving a six-year jail term since January 2001 on a battery of charges, including linking some of the country's top officials to a string of murders of Iranian intellectuals, which were blamed on rogue intelligence agents.

Meanwhile, Spokesman for Association Advocating Freedom of Press Mashallah Shamsolvaezin said Ganji was transferred to Tehran Milad Hospital on Monday for medical checkup and treatment.

He told IRNA that the inmate was admitted to the hospital one day earlier as he has lost a lot of weight due to his hunger strike.

Ganji was due to be hospitalized on July 19 upon a recent agreement made by the association and the Judiciary officials, added the spokesman.

He said that the journalist was transferred to the hospital one day earlier as any further delay could possibly cost his life due to his serious weight loss.

"We hope Ganji issue will be settled at the lowest cost because any event can result in repercussions inside and outside the country," he said.

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