A civilian named Shorash Eslam Sakani, who was arrested by Iranian security forces on 26 September, is in critical condition in Orumiyeh Central Prison after being severely tortured by security forces.

Security forces arrested several civilians after the recent public protests were held in the Balu village of Orumiyeh, West Azerbaijan province.

Sakani was among the civilians arrested due to the protests. Security forces raided his house at 02:00 local time on 26 September, and beat and arrested him.

According to eyewitnesses, after throwing tear gas and breaking into his house, the security forces arrested him while he had only underwear on.

After being transferred to a security detention centre, he was severely tortured to make forced confessions, as a result of which he suffered internal bleeding.

The detained civilian was transferred to a medical centre in Orumiyeh last week due to his deteriorating health condition.

However, he was returned to the detention centre without completing his treatment.

In a short phone call with his family yesterday, Sakani said that after repeated interrogations and severe torture in a security detention centre in Orumiyeh, he was transferred to the city’s central prison.

Sakani comes from the Balu village of Orumiyeh, where the paramilitary Basij forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) killed two civilians named Danesh Rahnema and Abdollah Mahmudpour during the public protests.

Nationwide protests broke out in Iran after a 22-year-old Kurdish woman named Mahsa (Zhina) Amini died on 16 September after she was hospitalised following her arrest and torture by the morality police in Tehran.

Amini was arrested on 13 September for allegedly violating hijab rules and was beaten by the morality police on the way to a detention facility.