Hossein Shanbehzadeh Arrested in Ardabil

On June 4, security forces arrested Hossein Shanbehzadeh, a resident of Tehran, in Ardabil and transferred him to an undisclosed location.

Shanbehzadeh’s brother, Abbas, revealed on his social media page that Hossein made a phone call to his family, informing them of his detention. The reason for this arrest and his current whereabouts are unknown at this time.

Shanbehzadeh had faced a prior arrest for his activities on social media, for which he was released on bail pending legal proceedings. On September 12, 2020, Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced him to three years and six months for “insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran,” 18 months for “insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” and 10 months for “propaganda against the regime,” totaling five years and ten months. This verdict was upheld on appeal.

In June-July 2022, Shanbehzadeh announced on his social media page that his guarantor had received a warning notice stating that Shanbehzadeh should start serving his sentence in Evin Prison. Shanbehzadeh was released from prison in March-April 2023, though details of his release remain unknown.