An Iranian political activist jailed for his
messages on social media has died after spending 50 days on hunger strike, his
Vahid Sayadi Nasiri’s sister, Elaheh, that the authorities had informed the family that the activist had died in a hospital in the city of Qom on December 12, according to RFE/RL.
She said her brother went on hunger strike to
protest against the conditions of his imprisonment and to demand his transfer
from a high-security unit of a prison in Qom to Tehran’s Evin prison.
Nasiri was initially arrested in September 2015 and sentenced to eight years in prison for “insulting” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and "propaganda against the state," according to the US-based advocacy group Iran Human Rights Monitor.
The charges stemmed from posts he had made on his Facebook page.
Nasiri was released early in March after serving 2 and half years in prison, but was arrested again in August, reportedly on similar charges.