Iran: Political prisoner loses his memory after 200 days under torture
Political prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi, who spent 200 days under torture in solitary confinement, has reportedly lost his memory.
During a prison visit on January 9, 2018, in Central Prison of Sanandaj his mother noticed that Ramin Hossein Panahi suffers kidney infection as well as amnesia due to the blows to the head.
Ramin Hossein Panahi, a 22-year-old member of the Komala opposition group, was arrested on 23 June 2017 after he took part in clashes with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the neighbourhood of Shalman, in Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, northwest Iran.
He was shot and sustained three bullet wounds. He was then transferred to the Sanandaj Intelligence Agency Detention Center. He has been charged with “enmity against God.”
Earlier this year Amnesty International in its statement on June 30, 2017, considered the arrest of Ramin Hossein Panahi and four of his family members as “enforced disappearances,” calling on the Iranian authorities to immediately reveal their fate and whereabouts.
The organization further urged the Iranian authorities to release Hossein Panahi’s family members if they have been detained solely because of their family connection with Ramin Hossein Panahi.
“The authorities must ensure that Ramin Hossein Panahi is promptly brought before a judge, as well as provided with immediate access to healthcare, protected from torture and other ill-treatment, given access to an independent lawyer of his choosing, and granted a fair trial without resort to the death penalty,” the statement reads in part.
Ramin is facing possible execution, as his family was told he would be hanged soon.