Middle East

Iran activist not yet taken to hospital after hunger strike

Amir Raisian the lawyer of imprisoned Iranian human rights activist Arash Sadeghi speaks in an interview with The Associated Press at his office in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Jan, 3, 2017. Arash Sadeghi ended a 71-day hunger strike Tuesday as his detained wife won a temporary release from prison, a day after his case sparked a rare unauthorized protest in Tehran. Sadeghi's hunger strike began Oct. 24 after authorities arrested his wife to make her serve a six-year sentence over an unpublished fictional story found in her home about a woman burning a Quran in anger over another woman being stoned to death for adultery. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Amir Raisian the lawyer of imprisoned Iranian human rights activist Arash Sadeghi speaks in an interview with The Associated Press at his office in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Jan, 3, 2017. Arash Sadeghi ended a 71-day hunger strike Tuesday as his detained wife won a temporary release from prison, a day after his case sparked a rare unauthorized protest in Tehran. Sadeghi's hunger strike began Oct. 24 after authorities arrested his wife to make her serve a six-year sentence over an unpublished fictional story found in her home about a woman burning a Quran in anger over another woman being stoned to death for adultery. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)  (The Associated Press)

The lawyer of an imprisoned Iranian activist who just ended a 71-day hunger strike says his client has yet to be taken to a hospital.

Lawyer Amir Raisian told The Associated Press on Thursday that Arash Sadeghi remained at Evin prison despite judicial officials approving his transfer to a hospital.

Raisian said prison authorities had offered no reason why Sadeghi had not been transferred, though he remained "hopeful" his client would be moved soon.

Sadeghi is serving a 15-year prison sentence for several charges. He ended his hunger strike Tuesday after his wife, imprisoned in a separate case, won a temporary release.

Amnesty International has criticized the delay in Sadeghi's transfer, saying he "must receive specialized, urgent and potentially life-saving treatment without any further delay."