Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Several days have gone by since the transfer of Anvar Hossein Panahi from Sanandaj central prison; there is no news of his situation. Authorities of the Ministry of Intelligence have opened another case for this political and civil activist. A source close to the family of Hossein Panahi has told CHRR that last Thursday he was transferred from the central prison in Sanandaj to the detention center at the Ministry of Intelligence where he is under further interrogations.
According to this source Panahi is being subjected to additional pressures because the Ministry of Intelligence is questioning his activities during the short time he had been released on furlough. During that time Panahi had inquired about the situation of some of his cellmates and their families. In so doing he is accused of contacting their lawyers and activists by the Ministry of Intelligence and they have created a new file for him.
Per this report on Saturday September 21st, the family of Hossein Panahi visited the Sanandaj central prison to follow up on his situation and was told by prison officials that he had been transferred from that location.
The Revolutionary Court first sentenced Anvar Hossein Panahi, Kurdish social and political activist, to death. After tireless efforts and protests on the part of human rights activists, his death sentence was later commuted to life in prison.
However officials of the Ministry of Intelligence have told the family of Hossein Panahi that in their view the death sentence should not have been upheld and he should have remained on death row.