Vahid Hakkani has been jailed for his involvement in Iranian house churches and related charges.
TEHRAN, IRAN - A Christian man has begun a hunger strike in an Iranian prison to protest the rejection of his conditional release appeal by the Revolutionary Court, despite concerns over his health, Iranian Christians told BosNewsLife Sunday, March 30.
Vahid Hakkani is held in Abel-Abad prison in the southwestern Shiraz city, some 934 kilometers (580 miles) outside the capital Tehran, after being found guilty of "attending a house-church, spreading Christianity, having contact with foreign [Christian] ministries" as well as "propaganda" against Iran's leadership and "disrupting national security," trial observers said earlier.
Hakkani, who was sentenced in June last year to 44 months imprisonment along with three other Iranian "house church" Christians, began his hunger strike on March 20, said the well-informed Mohabat News agency of local Iranian activists and Christians.
"He has entered the second week of his hunger strike, while his health is deteriorating every day...He is suffering from a digestive system problems," the agency said.
His family recently transferred him to Faghihi hospital in Shiraz where he underwent surgery,
after they reportedly posted bail.