Sarvabad; Arrest of Barzan Mohammadi, former political prisoner

23:06 - 11 June 2021

 On Monday, June 7, Barzan Mohammadi, a former political prisoner from Sarvabad, was arrested by security forces.

 Security forces arrested Mr. Mohammadi at his brother's house in the village of Gushkhani in Sarvabad, who was bedridden, without any court order.

 The citizen was taken to an unknown location by security forces after his arrest.

 This Kurdish activist had recently joined the "No to the Islamic Republic" campaign.

 No information is available on the reason for the arrest and the charges against the former political prisoner.

 On Monday, June 8, 2020 Barzan Mohammadi was released from Evin Prison after serving more than half of his sentence.

 He was arrested during the August 2018 protests for his cyber activities and was sentenced to six years in prison by a lower court on charges of "conspiracy to disrupt national security" and "propaganda against the regime."

 On February 25, 2019, a hearing on the case of this political prisoner was held in the Court of Appeals, and his sentence was reduced from six years in prison to three years and six months in prison.

 Barzan Mohammadi was transferred to the Greater Tehran Prison without observing the principle of prisoners, and he went on strike in protest of this action.

 This citizen was later transferred to Evin Prison and in February along with three of his associates protested against disagreeing with parole, failure to address the demands of political prisoners, non-observance of the principle of segregation of crimes, prolongation of trial, sentencing and final verdicts.  The trial court went on a hunger strike without holding an appeals court and ended it later.