The family of a member of a Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory Workers’ Trade Union said that he was in poor condition in prison and expressed concern over his overall health.
Ali Nejati’s family who visited him yesterday said that he had become thin and pale and that he was being kept in a crowded part of Shush Prison in the southern province of Khuzestan despite suffering from a serious heart condition.
“He has become extremely thin and pale. He was harassed and abused during interrogations without any considerations for his old age and health and was transferred to the hospital as a result,” the family said according to human rights sources.
“Mr. Nejati is suffering from a heart condition and the closed environment and crowded atmosphere including cigarette smoke is very dangerous for his health,” the family said adding that prison officials kept him in a closed environment despite the fact that according to the law, he had to be transferred to a less crowded prison.
Iranian labor activist Ali Nejati was recently sentenced to “disrupting public order” and “spreading propaganda” against the Iranian government.
His laywer Farzaneh Zilabi said that her client was sentenced to disrupting public order for “leading the Haft Tappeh sugarcane workers’ strike action and gatherings.”
Ali Nejati was detained on November 29 while the sugarcane workers were still on strike in the southern town of Shush.
Reports at the time indicated that he was violently detained and beaten upon arrest despite suffering from a serious heart condition.
The Judiciary said that the Iranian labor activist was arrested in relation to his previous records but his lawyer said that the two new charges were brought against him.