Concerns are growing over the plight of jailed Tipperary man Bernard Phelan, who’s on hunger strike in Iran.
The 64 year old tourism consultant, who’s a native of Clonmel, has been imprisoned on charges of inciting propaganda against the Iranian government, which he denies.
He’s currently being held with 16 other prisoners in a cell that has no windows and only a candle for light.
His sister, Caroline Massé-Phelan says the conditions are horrible.
“He is in one of the worst prisons in Iran.
“He’s on death row – 3 out of 50 prisoners on his block have been executed since his detention.
“There’s no glass on the windows – it’s just bars – so he has to put cardboard on the windows to try and keep warm. It can go down to -5 there at the moment at night.”