Salahedin Ranjbar, director of the Telegram channel “Orumiyeh Dang” who had been previously sentenced to one year in prison, was arrested and transferred to ward 13 of Orumieh Central Prison to serve his sentence.

Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has been informed that Salahdin Ranjbar was summoned to the Orumiyeh Court of Appeal on Sunday, December 23 and subsequently transferred to the Orumiyeh Central Prison to endure his one-year sentence.

He was sentenced to one-year imprisonment by the Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh on charges of propaganda against the state in July. Upon contesting the verdict, the case was referred to Branch 1 of Orumiyeh Court of Appeals which equally approved the verdict in recent days.

It is worth mentioning that the director of the Telegram channel “Orumiyeh Dang” was arrested by the security forces for broadcasting news of the protests against sexual harassment of a 13-Year-Old Schoolgirl and encouraging turmoil on Dec 13, 2017. He was temporarily released from prison after two weeks on a bail of 200 Tomans.

The channel of the Orumiyeh Dang was blocked by security forces after the arrest of its administrator, despite being licensed by the Directorate of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

Another activist, Farrokh Abdi, director of the telegram channel known as Amanj which covers Kurdistan news, is serving his 5 years of imprisonment at Orumiyeh Central Prison.