Iran’s intelligence agents detain political prisoner’s mother

Farangis Mazloumi

Iran’s intelligence agents arrested a political prisoner’s mother during a raid on Monday.

Farangis Mazloumi, the mother of Soheil Arabi, a prominent political prisoner was arrested and taken to an unknown location on Monday July 22, 2019, after eight intelligence agents raided the residence of her sister.

They confiscated Farangis Mazloumi and her sister’s cellphones and then took her away to an unknown location.

Soheil Arabi had been serving a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence since 2013 for criticizing the Iranian regime on Facebook.

In October 2018, he was sentenced to six more years behind bars, increasing his total term to 10 years, for engaging in peaceful activism inside the Greater Tehran Penitentiary where he has been held since February 2018.

He has been subjected to various forms of mental and physical tortures over these years. He has gone on lengthy hunger strikes at least three times to protest brutal mistreatment of prisoners by the prison guards and interrogators.

Farangis Mazloumi, his mother, has been under tremendous pressure over these years. She has been commuting long distances to prison, but deprived of being able to visit her son.

She had previously said, “I am tortured every day and every night. Will I be alive for 11 more years? How can I bear this suffering? Can my heart endure all this torture? Is the life and youth of our children so worthless? Every time I went to court, they gave me an uppity answer. Who will answer my plea from all this oppression?”

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