HRANA News Agency – Seyed Jamal Hosseini (Esfandiar Baharmas), one of the founders of Human Rights Activists in Iran, the coordinator and editor of HRANA, was found dead in his apartment by his colleagues and Turkish police on August 4th. There were traces of blood on his face, as well as several other places in his home.
Mr. Hosseini was threatened several times by Iranian security forces while he was living in Turkey as a political refugee. Since the Turkish authorities have begun their investigation, we will not come to a conclusion until the investigation is complete. The police authorities in Ankara have announced that the investigations may go on for months. The prosecutor of Nevshehir city, in a report on August 5th, 2014, stated that this death is a “suspicious death,” and ordered for a comprehensive investigation. We will keep in contact with Turkish authorities until the reason behind his death becomes clear.