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Concern grows for Iranian journalist in solitary confinement

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Jailed journalist Amirali Allamehzadeh is being subjected to grave pressure in prison, his sister has told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Zeynab Allamehzadeh reported: "We want his case to proceed through the normal legal procedures because, from the way my brother talks to us, we realize that his situation is not good."

Previously, the campaign had cited another source close to the jailed journalist saying that he is "under pressure and torture to make false confessions."

His sister reported that lately he has been urging his family to get him a lawyer as soon as possible.

Amirali Allamehzadeh was arrested in Tehran in September and has been held ever since in the Revolutionary Guards section of Evin Prison.

Zeynab Allamehzadeh says: "My brother has been in solitary confinement for more than 74 days, which is a torture in and of itself." She added that in all that time, the prisoner's family has not been informed of any charges against him. He has reportedly been allowed brief visits with his family, during which they are not allowed to discuss his case.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has expressed deep concern about Allamehzadeh's situation and called on authorities to honour his right to due process.

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