Ramin Hossein Panahi was handed the death penalty by an Iranian court in Sanandaj (Sina), Kurdistan Province on Jan. 15 for “acting against national security” and being a member of the Kurdish opposition group, Komala.
In June, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran shot dead three members of Komala and took an injured Panahi into custody.
Panahi, who was shot three times, was reportedly transported to a hospital in Sina, the provincial capital of Kurdistan, but was then taken into custody half an hour later before receiving proper treatment.
In September, the family told Kurdistan 24 that the whereabouts and condition of Panahi were unknown as Iranian intelligence authorities refused to reveal details about his detention.
In response, Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre, Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran-Geneva (KMMK-G), and other rights groups urged Iran to release the political prisoner and provide him with medical attention and a lawyer.
“Enforced disappearance is a crime under international law and places individuals at serious risk of extrajudicial execution, torture, and other gross human rights violations,” Amnesty International said regarding Panahi’s case.
The Panahi family has lost several members in the past few years to Tehran’s suppression of the Kurdish opposition.