Iran secretly executed today political prisoner Arash (Sarkawt) Ahmadi, a former member of the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, in the Dizel Abad Prison of Kermanshah, western Iran.

Although it was reported that Ahmadi had been accused of “enmity against God” (moharebeh) through membership in the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan and “murdering a police officer”, no information is available on his court proceedings.

According to some of his relatives, the political prisoner was held in solitary confinement at the detention facility of the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Kermanshah for months after his arrest and was “subjected to severe torture to accept the accusations against him and make forced confessions”.

The political prisoner’s death sentence was executed without prior notice and the right to have a last meeting with his family, Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned.

Several websites affiliated with the Ministry of Intelligence published a video of his forced confessions after the execution.

He was also denied the right to have a court-appointed lawyer, KHRN has learned.

Ahmadi, 29, who comes from Ravansar in Kermanshah province, returned to Iran from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in 2020 after leaving the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan.

The IRGC’s intelligence agents arrested him in Orumiyeh, West Azerbaijan province, in December 2020 at a time when he was planning to immigrate to Europe.

On 22 January 2021, the IRGC’s Najaf-e Ashraf Camp issued a statement announcing his arrest in Iran.