Paris says it is very concerned about the state of health of a Franco-Irish man detained in Iran
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The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs is “extremely worried” about Bernard Phelan’s state of health, spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre said on Tuesday. The Franco-Irish, 64, has been detained since October in Iran.
The Quai d’Orsay is “extremely worried” about the state of health of Bernard Phelan, a Franco-Irish detained in Iran, said Tuesday, January 17, his spokesperson Anne-Claire Legendre, confirming his identity in passing.
Her state of health is “fragile and requires appropriate medical monitoring which is not provided in her place of detention”, she laments.
Bernard Phelan’s sister, Caroline, said her brother went on a thirst strike on Monday, after he had already been on a hunger strike since the start of the year.
“He’s already not well. He’s lost weight,” she said, noting that she and her 97-year-old father were “extremely worried.”
For her, this situation is all the more incomprehensible since her 64-year-old brother “adored Iran”. “He worked for tour operators, bringing tourists to Iran.”
Seven French “arbitrarily detained” in Iran
He was arrested while he was on a “study trip”, she explained. “He was not tried” but was arrested on the pretext that he was making anti-Iranian regime propaganda, she said.
The Quai d’Orsay “multiplies, in connection with the Irish government, the steps with Iran” so that Bernard Phelan is released “without delay”, assured Anne-Claire Legendre for her part.
“We confirm that Mr. Bernard Phelan, a Franco-Irish national, is one of our seven compatriots arbitrarily detained by the Iranian authorities,” she also said.
Last week, the Quai d’Orsay declined to comment. It was the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs which had confirmed that Bernard Phelan had been detained in Iran since October.
The families of the seven French detainees are increasingly worried as the winter makes the conditions of detention increasingly difficult. An icy cold reigns in the glassless cells.
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