Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Anvar Hossein Panahi, Kurdish political prisoner was released from Sanandaj prison on bail on August 12th after spending 6 years in prison.
According to Ahmad Hossein Panahi, brother of the political prisoner in an interview with CHRR, 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 6 years in prison. He was recently released on furlough with bail despite being 3 months shy of serving his full prison term.
Anvar Hossein Panahi, the Panahi family’s eldest son has a wife and 3 kids. He was detained by Security agents in the city of Qorveh on November 6, 2007 and was held incommunicado at the Ministry of Intelligence for 6 months while he was severely tortured. In March 2008 Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Hasan Babai handed the death sentence on the charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with god) and “acting against national security.”
In the past 6 years since the incarceration of Kurdish activist Anvar Hossein Panahi, more than 33 members of his family have been arbitrarily arrested. His brother Ashraf Hossein Pahani who was collecting evidence to substantiate his innocence was killed under suspicious circumstances while travelling to Tehran to deliver the evidence.
On April 14 2009 Branch 4 of the Appellate Court reduced the death sentence to 6 years in prison. During the past years since the incarceration of Kurdish activist Anvar Hossein Panahi, his family has faced summons, interrogations, endured constant harassment and threats, with over 30 members arbitrarily arrested.