Mehdi Kukhian and Karim Chaichian on Hunger Strike in Maraghe Prison
HRANA News Agency – Mehdi Kukhian and Karim Chaichian have gone on hunger strike by sewing their lips since their transfer from Malekan Police to Maragheh Prison, on December 21, 2016.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Mehdi Kukhian and Karim Chaichian were arrested at their houses by security forces on December 19, 2016. The officers searched their houses and attempted to seize these two civilians’ personal electronics and communication belongings.
According to the close friends of Mehdi Kukhian and Karim Chaichian, a bail has been issued for both of them, but they refuse the bail emphasizing on their innocence.
According to the reports received by HRANA, these people have gone on hunger strike since their transfer from Malekan Police to Maragheh Prison on December 21, 2016.
After this action, they have been transferred to the quarantine ward in this prison.
The plaintiffs of these two citizens are Malakan Security Council, the MP of Malekan, Salamn Khodadady, and the Mayor of Malakan, Farhad Narimanpour.
The civilians were arrested while they had been summoned to the headquarters of the Police on Monday, December 5.
According to their families, they were arrested following the subpoena and complaint by the mayor and representative of Malakan city about their news channel.
“The city news of Malakan” telegram channel which was sued and whose original administrator is Mr. Kukhian.
Mehdi Kukhian had been previously arrested several times due to his activities and has been in prison several times.
“The city news of Malakan” telegram channel which has nearly 13,000 members, had been the most watched news channel in Malakan and published news related to Malakan for more than a year.
Salman Khodadadi, is the original complainant in this case, the city’s representative who had been in the Iranian parliament for five years.
He was former security commander in the Revolutionary Guards and director of Ardabil province’s intelligence ministry at Ahmadinejad’s presidency.