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Ramin Hossein Panahi’s Incommunicado Lifted

Posted on: 4th May, 2018
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HRANA News Agency – Hossein Ahmadi Nia’z, Ramin Hosein Panahi’s lawyer, announced the elimination of his client’s incommunicado.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Hossein Ahmadi Nia’z announced the elimination of incommunicado of Ramin Hossein Panahi on Wednesday, February 28. He continued and told HRANA’s reporter: “After consulting with the judge, I asked them to remove the ban on Ramin Hossein Panahi’s visit, and after agreeing with this request, along with Ramin’s mother, I visited Ramin”.

Mr. Ahmadi Niaz also told HRANA’s reporter: “Mr. Hossein Panahi, after seeing his mother, said that he was in a good condition and had a very high level of morale.” Regarding the process of his case, he continued: “For the time being, we are looking forward to the Supreme Court’s decision, and we hope that we will have good news in this regard.”

Mr. Ahmadi, regarding Ramin Hossein Panahi’s last hearing and ban on meeting, had previously told HRANA’s reporter: “This is a violation of my client’s rights and a case of torture of this political activist”. He also, regarding the case process, had said: “Unfortunately, The court process is closed to the Supreme Court and, after I saw the Supreme Court, they stated that due to the confidentiality of the file, access to its content was not allowed, and we still hope and look forward to the Supreme Court’s decision.”

Ramin and Afshin Hossein Panahi, after a 10-day hunger strike in protest against Ramin Hossein Panahi’s death sentence on February 5, 2018, ended their hunger strike, when the appeal was registered.

It should be noted that Ramin Hossein Panahi was transferred to Sanandaj prison after serving more than 200 days of detention in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence and the Ministry of Intelligence solitary confinements, on January 9 of this year.

HRANA had previously reported that he had been subjected to physical and psychological torture and ill-treatment during detention in solitary confinement at the Ministry of Intelligence and the Revolutionary Guards intelligence detention centers.

Amjad Hossein Panahi, brother of Ramin Hossein Panahi, had told HRANA’s reporter: “One of Ramin’s kidney is severely infected, and he has got forgetfulness due the hits on his head in the Revolutionary Guards Intelligence detention. Now, he is not in a physically good condition.”

According to Hossein Panahi family member, Ramin Hossein Panahi was mistreated and tortured during interrogation, while this prisoner was wounded and in need of medical treatment throughout the arrest and all the time of his detention.

Amjad Hossein Panahi denied the connection between kidney infection and injuries caused by wounding during arrest, and emphasized that forgetfulness and kidney infection have occurred due to ill-treatment during the detention time.

On June 30, 2017, Amnesty International issued a statement and considered the arrest of five detainees after the recent conflict of Sanandaj as “arbitrary disappearance” and demanded that their destiny and their whereabouts to be known as well as clarity regarding the situation of Ramin Hossein Panahi who was wounded after the conflict in Sanandaj on June 30, 2017. The organization also urged Iranian authorities to promptly release the other people who were arrested solely on the basis of a family relationship with Ramin Hossein Panahi.

It should be recalled HRANA had reported previously that the IRGC forces had shot and arrested a political activist named Ramin Hussein Panahi near Sanandaj on June 22, 2017.

After the incident in Sanandaj on Friday, June 22, 2017, security forces arrested some of Ramin Hossein Panahi’s relatives, including Zibar, Ahmad and Afshin Hossein Panahi at his own house on the same day.

The last hearing on Ahmad, Zibar and Afshin Hossein Panahi was held at Branch 1 of Sanandaj Revolutionary Court headed by Judge Saeedi on October 25, 2017. At this hearing, Zibar and Ahmad Hossein Panahi were sentenced to 6 and 5 years imprisonment. Afshin Hossein Panahi, another defendant, was sentenced to eight and a half years imprisonment.

Earlier, Amjad Hossein Panahi, brother of Ramin and Afshin told HRANA’s reporter that all three had been accused of propaganda against the regime and cooperation with Kurdish opposition groups through participation in the celebration of New Year’s Eve.

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