Mostafa Hamdi, a media activist and administrator of the Porseman Telegram group who was arrested on 7 April in Saqqez, Kurdistan Province, has been held in detention for three weeks without the right to access legal counsel or family visits.

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that after his arrest, Hamdi was taken to the Ministry of Intelligence detention centre in Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, where he has only communicated with his family twice through short phone calls and informed them of his place of detention.

Hamdi’s arrest was carried out by the security forces without a judicial warrant, with the authorities accusing him of “propaganda against the state”.

Previously, in August 2021, Hamdi was sentenced to two years in prison by the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Saqqez on charges of “propaganda against the state” and “insulting the founder and leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

The activist has been summoned and interrogated by the security authorities on several occasions in recent years.