Detained in Iran since the end of May 2020 and sentenced to eight years in prison, Benjamin Brière began a hunger strike on January 28, his sister Blandine Brière and his lawyer, Me Philippe Valent, announced on Monday.
“Benjamin’s approach (…) is the only weapon with which he can fight,” lamented his sister.
Benjamin Brière is detained "for non-existent acts of espionage - at the end of a mock trial brought by the Revolutionary Guards", accused his lawyer in a press release, adding that his client was in "the hypothetical expectation of the revision of his unfair trial, conscious of being only the hostage of Iranian politicians".
“Exceptionally harsh conditions”
The lawyer stresses that his client is "at the end of his mental and physical strength", while his "sinister" prison is a "high place of extrajudicial executions".
His family and his supporters say they are deeply worried about this hunger strike, while Benjamin Brière has been detained "for almost three years in exceptionally harsh conditions".
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His lawyer also deplored the fact that his client's rights are "daily flouted".
"This approach seems to be the only weapon with which he can fight against the absurdity and harshness of his situation," he said.
France has been tirelessly denouncing for months the "hostage diplomacy" carried out by the Iranian regime.
In total, seven French people are detained in Iran, including the French researcher Fariba Adelkhah.
Paris 01/28/2023@francediplo #freeben #freeFariba #freeCecile #FreeThemAll pic.twitter.com/3dMSn5u7HV
– Free Benjamin Brière #freeben (@BlandineBriere) February 1, 2023
“Benjamin Brière loses a little more hope every day to get out of this captivity”, also reacted Me Valent, noting that “the current political responses do not give results”.
He urges to make the Iranian regime "accountable for the consequences on the physical and moral integrity of Benjamin Brière, who puts his existence in danger in the name of a freedom that he must recover".
Benjamin Brière had already started a hunger strike in December 2021. Bernard Phelan, Franco-Irish detained since October 1, had also started a hunger and thirst strike in early January, before suspending it at the request of his wife. family worried about a fatal outcome in the face of inflexible Iranian authorities.