In Kurdistan of Iran - 2008.02.01
Kurdish blogs have published various reports and news stories about the recent torture and death of a Kurdish dissident while in custody at a Islamic Republic detention facility in Kermanshah. The victim is said to have been a member of Kurdish party opposed to the Islamic Republic.
According to local sources, Farzad Ghobadi, a member of the Kurdish party Pezhak, was injured by the Revolutionary Guards while performing an operation along with fellow party members. Ghobadi was able to flee the scene.
He then found refuge in the home of a relative, Ahmad Javaheri, a civil society activist in Kermanshah. Soon after, however, both Ghobadi and Javaheri were arrested in a raid and transported to a ministry of intelligence detention facility in Kermanshah. Ghobadi was murdered only a day after his arrest. Ghobadi's sister, Rabe'eh Ghobadi, who was arrested hours after his brother and was transported to the same detention facility, claims that his brother was shot to death in front of her eyes.
The political news website "Rozheheh Lat" has published more details about this event. The website reports, "after murdering Farzad Ghobadi, in a bid to instill more fear and terror and to suppress the dissemination of this information, security officers proceeded to arrest the victim's brother, Faroogh Ghobadi on 19/10/1386 [January 9, 2008], and arrested the victim's older brother, Ata Ghobadi, as well on the same night."
The report continues, "while torturing the aforementioned individuals at the intelligence ministry's facility, security officers unveiled Farzad Ghobadi's corpse to terrorize them further. Other people that were forced to look at Farzad Ghobadi's corpse are Fatemeh Javaheri and Rabe'eh Ghobadi. The victim's sister, Rabe'eh Ghobadi is currently suffering from sever mental trauma and has lost her memory and concentration. It is reported that Farzad's sister claims to have witnessed her brother's murder with her eyes."
The website reports that Kaveh Javaheri, the 12-year-old son of the Javaheri family, is missing: "during the raid of Ahmad Javaheri's home, the 12-year-old child Kaveh Javaheri fled the house in fear and no information about his whereabouts is available at this point. Meanwhile, the two-year-old child of this family was separated from the parents and transported to a hospital. On 01/11/1386 [January 21, 2008] the ministry of intelligence proceeded to arrest human rights activist Khaled Ghobadi (who was recently released after 8 months in prison). In the latest development, security officers raided the house of Khaled Ameri, the victim's uncle, and arrested him along with his daughter, Sarveh Ameri, a political science student at the University of Kermanshah. They then forced these individuals to view the unburied and tortured body of Farzad Ghobadi and move Sarveh Ghobadi to Rabe'eh Ghobadi's cell so that she can witness the condition of her torture and mentally unstable aunt.
Various other reports about the repercussions of such actions and the murder of another Kurdish prisoner, Ebrahim Lotfollahi, point to the instability in both provinces of Kurdistan and Kermanshah. Conditions are particularly instable in the cities of Kamyaran, Sanandaj, Ravansar, Dehgalan, and Kermanshah, where police and security officers are on standby and prepared to impose order in case of an emergency.