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Behnam Irani is a church pastor in Iran who is imprisoned in the notorious Karaj Ghezal Hesar prison because of his religious faith.

His health is reported to be declining steadily as a result of regular beatings at the hands of other prisoners and guards.

He now has difficulty walking, is unable to see well and is suffering from a bleeding ulcer, which has caused him to lose consciousness.

Behnam, who is married with two children, is serving a total of six years in prison but his family fear he could die within the next few months.

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