Four Kurdish political prisoners- “Ibrahim Isapour”, “Ahmad Tamouei”, “Kamal Hassan Ramazan” and “Ali Ahmad Suleiman” -were transferred from Orumiyeh Central Prison to the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Centre in Orumiyeh, an informed source told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

Earlier on Saturday, April 05, KHRN reported that the four political prisoners had been transferred from the political prisoners’ ward to an unknown location by security forces for unknown reasons.

According to the source, on April 07, after a group of political prisoners refused to take prison food for the second day in protest to the transfer of these four political prisoners, the deputy head of the prison went to the political prisoners’ ward and announced that the four political prisoners had been transferred to the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Centre in Orumiyeh for interrogation.”

Following the protests and strikes in various prisons in Iran, extremely tight security measures have been implemented at Orumiyeh Central Prison in recent days, and the armed forces of the Special Unit affiliated with the Islamic Republic Guard Corps (IRGC )have been deployed in this prison.

Kamal Hassan Ramazan, a Syrian citizen, was arrested by security forces on 28 August 2014 and initially sentenced to seven years in prison for membership in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). However, he was sentenced to death in absentia due to the similarity of his name with another person named “Kamal Sur” three years ago. Saleh Nikbakht, the political prisoner’s lawyer, successfully contested the sentence which was overturned.

Ali Ahmad Suleiman, Iraqi citizen who was detained by security forces in November 2005 and initially sentenced to five and a half years in prison for membership in the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK), was remanded in custody during his sentence. He was severely interrogated and tortured before being sentenced to death (“retribution”) in a new case regarding the “murder” of two local IRGC agents. After a while, the families of the victims consented to “diyat” (blood money) instead of retribution. Part of the sum required for diyat has now been collected and paid, and Ali Ahmad Suleiman will be released if the remaining amount is provided.

Ahmad Tamoui, a political activist from Salmas, was arrested on October 24, 2007, in the city of Mahabad by the intelligence forces of the IRGC. He was subsequently sentenced to 15 years in prison and exile to Orumiyeh Central Prison.

Ebrahim Issaipour, from Sardasht was arrested by security forces in Sardasht on July 9, 2011. He and Sirvan Nejavi were tried and sentenced to death without the presence of a lawyer by Branch 1 of the Mahabad Islamic Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Javadikia on charges of “Moharebeh” through cooperation with PJAK. However, the Supreme Court reduced the sentence to 11 years in prison in 2015.