Clonmel Man Sentenced To Over 6 Years In Iran Prison

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An Irish man originally from Clonmel who has been detained in Iran since October has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison.

Bernard Phelan, 64, is originally from Clonmel but grew up in Blackrock, County Dublin.

He has been accused of “providing information to an enemy country”.

As a dual-citizen, Mr Phelan was travelling on a French passport at the time of his arrest working for a tourism related business. Mr Phelan has serious health issues but so far Iranian authorities have refused to release him on humanitarian grounds.

His family are campaigning for his release, with his 97-year-old father, Vincent, saying that he is worried he will never see his son again.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is extremely concerned by the situation and has been providing consular assistance to the family, in close coordination with France, since Mr Phelan’s detention last October.