Dr. Loghman Ghanbari, a Kurdish writer, was temporarily detained by the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a house raid in Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah Province, on 7 April.

Ghanbari was detained in connection with his translation of the book “Kurdistan’s Moment in the Middle East” by Ofra Bengio, which was published in Europe due to the lack of a publishing licence from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Iran.

IRGC intelligence interrogators categorised Ghanbari’s communication with the author of the aforementioned book, Ofra Bengio, as “contact with Israel”.

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that around 20 IRGC intelligence agents raided Ghanbari’s family home early on Sunday morning and searched and confiscated personal belongings, including a laptop and mobile phone, before taking him into custody.

After a day of interrogation at the IRGC Intelligence Organisation’s detention centre in the city, he was released on 8 April with a written undertaking.