** The following story was published by NBC News on September 7, 2018. The original publication can be found here.
Statement on the Continued Unlawful Detention of Nizar Zakka
The following statement was issued by Mr. Nizar Zakka’s attorney in the United States, Mr. Jason Poblete related to Nizar’s unlawful detention as a hostage in Iran’s Evin detention facility.
On December 8, 2016, Nizar began a hunger strike to raise awareness about his plight as well as others being unlawfully imprisoned by the Iranian government. Mr. Zakka was detained by Iranian officials in September 2015 in Tehran and has since been held hostage by the Iranian regime. Since that time, Nizar has been subjected to not only physical and psychological torture, but he has also been denied much needed medical attention and consular services.