The family of jailed lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani has expressed serious concern regarding the failure of prison authorities to provide him with adequate medical care.

On Tuesday May 4, the family reported that in the past five years of imprisonment, he has only been allowed a four-day furlough and authorities are deliberately preventing him from receiving necessary medical treatment.

Abdolfattah Soltani

Abdolfattah Soltani

An informed source reports that Soltani’s wife, Massoumeh Dehghan, had made all arrangements for his hospitalization, but at the eleventh hour, the prosecutor’s office prevented his transfer.

The report adds that Soltani has been experiencing severe chest pain, but the only treatment he gets is through the prison infirmary.

Soltani was arrested in the aftermath of the election protests of 2009 and prosecuted for his membership in the Human Rights Defenders Centre and his defence of political prisoners.

He was sentenced to 18 years in jail and a 20-year ban from practicing law.