Saman Yasin (Seydi), a Kurdish rapper from Kermanshah and a resident of Tehran, who was arrested by the security forces at his home on 2 October, has been transferred to Tehran’s Evin prison in recent weeks.

“About two weeks ago, in a brief phone call with his family, Saman said he was transferred from Fashafouyeh Prison [also known as The Greater Tehran Central Penitentiary] to Evin prison. After this phone call, we received no information about his fate. After his family went to Evin Prison several times, the authorities said that Saman was not allowed to receive visits”, said one of the artist’s relatives in an interview with the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

On 29 October, Iran’s state news agencies reported that a court hearing had been held for several arrested protesters, including Saman Yasin.

On the same day, a video of the singer’s forced confessions was released by the state media.

The media said that the Kurdish artist had been charged with “enmity against God” (moharebeh) and “assembly and collusion with the intention of acting against the security of the country”.

The accusation of “enmity against God” (moharebeh) and the publishing of forced confessions obtained from the Kurdish artist as a result of pressure and torture have caused concerns among his family, human rights organisations and public opinion in Kurdistan and Iran regarding his detention condition and the possibility of issuance of a death sentence for him and other defendants.

The artist has been denied the right to have a lawyer and receive family visits since his arrest.

On 2 October, Yasin was taken to the Prosecutor’s Security Office located in Evin Prison and then transferred to Fashafouyeh Prison.

He was transferred to Tehran’s Evin prison after about two weeks of detention in Fashafouyeh Prison.