A Sunni political prisoner was taken to an unknown location last week, after refusing to stop performing Sunni religious activities at Saghez prison, Kurdistan province of Iran.
Aram Mikaeli was violently removed from his cell in Saghez prison, following numerous orders from the authorities, who warned him to stop holding Qur'an classes in the prison. They ordered him to stop preaching Sunni Islam to other prisoners, and he was also in trouble for organizing congregational prayers within the prison on the day of Eid.
He had previously been forced to spend more than 10 days in the prison quarantine after refusing to obey prison guards who told him to shave his beard.
Despite the threats, Aram continued his peaceful religious activities. The prison authorities, in an attempt to intimidate him, violently removed him from his cell, and his whereabouts and condition were unknown for a week.
It has now emerged that the guards handcuffed and blindfolded him, and took him on a ten-hour journey to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj. For an unknown reason, he was then transferred back to Saghez prison, where he was forced to remain in solitary confinement.
After over a week in solitary confinement, he has now been allowed to go back to his normal prison cell.