Iran's conservative judiciary is refusing to bow to calls to free imprisoned journalist Akbar Ganji. Ganji, an outspoken critic of the Islamic state's clerical leadership, was jailed in 2001 for six years after he wrote articles linking officials to the murder of dissidents. On a hunger strike for 50 days, he was admitted to a Tehran hospital last week. Judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi told the student ISNA news agency that, in his words, Ganji's rights "must be observed" and his problems "solved" but that the judiciary will not give in to political pressure. Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani called this week for Ganji's release, and outgoing President Mohammad Khatami has urged that he be paroled. The European Union and the United States have also called for Ganji's release. Ganji's wife, Masoumeh Shafiee, said Friday she was extremely concerned about Ganji's health.