Kurdish prisoner of conscience Fereydoun Zakeri-Nasab has ended his hunger strike on day 18, on 17 July, after the authorities in Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj, northern Iran, promised to follow up on his demands.

The prisoner has been on a hunger strike since 30 June, protesting against the delay in the review of his case.

The prisoner of conscience has reportedly lost more than six kilos during his hunger strike and has suffered severe physical weakness.

Zakeri-Nasab, who comes from Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermanshah province, is a well-known Kung Fu athlete in the region.

Security forces detained him at his family home in Sarpol-e Zahab in early June 2017.

For about two years, he was subjected to physical and mental torture in the cells of security detention centres in Kermanshah and Tehran for forced confessions.

Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran – presided over by judge Salavati – sentenced Zakeri-Nasab to death on charges of “spreading corruption on earth” (fasad fil-arz).

The prisoner of conscience was denied the right to have a lawyer during the trial.

Later, the Supreme Court overturned the verdict and referred the case to one of the branches of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran for re-consideration.

In addition, Zakeri-Nasab’s mother is currently taking care of his child, who was one year old at the time of his detention.

The prisoner is in a poor mental condition due to years of uncertainty regarding his case, denial of access to medical services, and his child’s condition.