Adnan Hassanpour had been arrested 9 months ago by the Intelligence ministry agents at home in Marivan- west of Iran. He was a member of the editorial board of the Bilangual weekly “Aso”.
He was then subjected to torture for 7 months resulting into a forced confession. Following this, a trivial court arranged by the Marivan Magistrate in April this year, condemn him to death for apostasy based on his forced confessions.
Those claimed by the mullahs in Iran to have been involved in armed resistance are labeled as apostates. It is a misunderstanding of the Shiite Islam by the government clergy in Iran.
Hiwa Boutimar was one of the founding members of the “Sabzchia” association (meaning the Green Mountain) and also a reporter of the news bulletin released by this association. He was arrested 10 months ago in his office, and was also later announced to be an apostate by the same court and condemned to death.
After receiving their charges, Adnan Hassanpour and Hiwa Boutimar were both transferred to solitary confinement in Sanandaj , were they faced more torture.
The two political prisoners’ began a hunger strike to protest their transfer.
The Judiciary and the Intelligence Ministry did not pay any attention to their 47 day hunger strike, They stopped their hunger strike after an appeal was raised by their families and some Human right organizations such as the reporters without borders, who were concerned for their well being.
Saleh Nikbakht , attorney to the two political prisoners has stressed that, charges raised against his clients do not lie under the category of apostasy.