Brothers Sirvan Mohammadi and Morteza Mohammadi, who were arrested by security forces in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, on 5 and 21 February, respectively, remain in the detention centre of the Ministry of Intelligence in the city without the right to legal counsel and family visits.

On 25 February, Morteza Mohammadi told his family in a short phone call that he has been on a hunger strike since his arrest, protesting against his “illegal” detention by the intelligence ministry, Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned.

In addition, on 22 February, Sirvan Mohammadi spoke to his family over the phone and informed them that he was pressured to make forced confessions to take responsibility for the destruction of the CCTV cameras of the security agencies in Sanandaj’s Zafarieh Square.

The Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) previously arrested Sirvan Mohammadi on 16 November 2022 in Sanandaj’s Hajiabad neighbourhood and transferred him to IRGC’s Shahramfar detention centre.

He was subjected to severe physical and psychological torture while in custody for forced confessions and was released on a bail of 1 billion Tomans – nearly 20,000 USD — on 8 December.

The civilian was arrested again on 5 February during a raid by security forces on his family home.

During his arrest, security forces beat and injured his brother Ebrahim Mohammadi.