Mohammad Amin Abdolahi, a former political prisoner who was a peddler in Bukan after his release, died on 14 June when his car overturned while returning from work.

This Kurdish civilian was released on parole from Birjand prison in early December 2018 after serving 13 years and six months in prison.

Abdollahi was detained in the fall of 2005, when he was only 17 years old, on charges of “enmity against God” (moharebeh) through “effective cooperation” with a Kurdish party in the city of Bukan.

After several months in solitary confinement in the detention centres of the Ministry of Intelligence in Mahabad and Orumiyeh, the political prisoner was transferred to Orumiyeh Central Prison.

After 15 months, Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Mahabad sentenced him to 18 years in prison and exile to Tabas Prison on the same charges.

He was also sentenced to six months in prison by Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in February 2011 for communicating with foreign media.

While serving his sentence in Tabas Prison, Abdollahi went on a hunger strike in October 2015 to protest against being denied the right to temporary leave and the rejection of his demands to be released on parole as well as being transferred to a prison near his hometown.

He was exiled from Tabas Prison to the quarantine ward of Birjand Central Prison two days later.

The political prisoner was also sentenced to 74 lashes on 16 August 2018 by Branch 104 of the Birjand Court for his delayed return to prison after completing his temporary leave.

In addition, his brother, Mohammad Abdollahi, was previously executed in Orumiyeh Central Prison on 9 August 2016 on charges of “enmity against God” (moharebeh).