Former political prisoner Barzan Mohammadi has been transferred to Marivan Prison on 8 June after being detained and interrogated for a day in the detention centre of the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Sarvabad, Kurdistan province.

The IRGC intelligence forces arrested the 41-year-old Kurdish civilian, who comes from Sarvabad and is a resident of Tehran, on 7 June in the village of Gushkhani in Sarvabad. He was taken to prison on 8 June under temporary detention.

On 2 August 2018, plainclothes forces had arrested Barzan Mohammadi during a protest rally against the economic situation in the country, at the Valiasr crossroad in Tehran. He was interrogated for 10 days in one of Tehran’s security detention centres and then transferred to Tehran’s Fashafoyeh Prison.

In October 2018, Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over by Judge Salavati, sentenced him to six years in prison on charges of “assembly and conspiracy against national security” and “propaganda against the state”.

In February 2019, the Court of Appeals of Tehran reduced the sentence to three years and six months, after Mohammadi’s lawyer appealed against it.

After the verdict was finalised, the political prisoner was transferred to Fashafoyeh Prison along with another political prisoner named Ali Reza Shir-Mohammadi. The two then went on a hunger strike due to the non-compliance of the prison authorities with the principle of segregation of crimes.

On 10 June 2019, two prisoners killed Ali Reza Shir-Mohammadi in prison. After this incident, Barzan Mohammadi published an open letter as a witness to the murder.

He was released from prison in June 2020.