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Coroners to determine cause of Akbar Mohammadi's death in Evin prison: Iranian official

Tehran, Aug 1, IRNA-Coroners will probe into the death of Akbar Mohammadi in Evin prison and announce the cause, said a senior judiciary official here Tuesday.

Tehran's Deputy Prosecutor-General Mahmoud Salarkia told IRNA that prison physicians have said Mohammadi died of "heart attack" but the exact cause of his death "should be determined by coroner office."

Mohammadi, 36, was arrested after 1999 unrest in Tehran and was initially sentenced to death for "acting against national security, spreading lies and having contacts with foreign media." However, his punishment was later commuted to a 15-year jail term in 2000.

"Mohammadi was granted leave in November 2004. Although his leave was extended several times, he did not return to prison since February 2005," Salarkia said.

He stressed that Mohammadi's family were repeatedly informed by the prisons officials that he had to return to prison as he had not completed his prison term.

"After 600 days, the judge in charge of Mohammadi's case, issued his arrest warrant in June 2006 based on which he was arrested in the northern city of Amol and transferred to Evin prison," Salarkia said.

He added that Mohammadi protested to his arrest this time.

Denying the report that Mohammadi was on a dry hunger strike, he said the prisoner had started a hunger strike since July 25, but "he drank tea and water. He was monitored by a doctor until the last day in the prison clinic where he received serums."

The official added, Mohammadi had "demanded in person to be transferred to his cell."

Salarkia added that after returning to his cell, Mohammadi had the attack while he was taking a cold shower."

He was immediately rushed to the clinic but doctors' efforts to save him were futile, Salarkia said.

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