Detention of four Azerbaijani Turk civil activists

Over the past few days, four Azerbaijani Turk civil activists have been arrested in the cities of Tabriz and Urmia and transferred to an unknown location.

According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, in recent days, four Azerbaijani Turk civil activists, named Rasoul Rezai, Hossein Mohammadian, and Akbar Mohajeri, citizens of Tabriz, and Bakhtiar Behnamoun, a citizen of Urmia, were detained by security forces and transferred to an unknown location.

Rasoul Razavi, Hossein Mohammadian, and Akbar Mohajeri, citizens and civil activists living in Tabriz, were arrested on Saturday, October 17th (2020), following an attack by security forces and transferred to an unknown location, according to the reports.

According to this report, Hossein Mohammadian was summoned to the Tabriz Intelligence Department by telephone on the morning of Saturday, October 17, 2020, and was released after receiving a commitment. But in the evening of the same day, he was rearrested after security forces raided his residence, ransacked his house and confiscated some of his personal belongings.

The Campaign had previously reported that Akbar Mohajeri, one of the protesters in November 2019 uprisings, had been sentenced to 3 years in prison and 1 year suspended imprisonment on charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “membership in the GAMAC group.”

The sentence was commuted to 6 months in prison and 1 year suspended imprisonment in Branch 1 of the East Azerbaijan Court of Appeals, and there is a suspicion that the arrest of this civil activist may be related to the enforcement of his prison sentence.

Bakhtiar Behnamoun, a resident of Urmia, was arrested after security forces raided his private residence, searched his home and confiscated some of his personal belongings.

At the time of writing, no detailed information is available on the institution arrested them, the reason for the detention and the whereabouts of the four Azerbaijani Turk civil activists.

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