Political prisoner speaks of torture in Intelligence Detention Center

Ramin Hossein Panahi

The first court session of political prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi was held on Monday January 15. According to an informed source, Ramin told the judge that he was tortured and was on the verge of death at the Intelligence Detention Center in Sanandaj. He said that he was suffering from bleeding in his kidneys as a result and had not yet received medical treatment.

“In respose to the charges brought against him, the political activist stated that he had come to Sanandaj to see his family and ailing mother”, the source added…

The court session which lasted for around two hours, ended without a verdict.

Ramin Hossein Panahi was arrested on June 22, 2017 after sustaining three bullet wounds. He was transferred to Sanandaj Prison after 200 days of solitary confinement by the Ministry of Intelligence and Revolutionary Guards Corps.

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.