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Iranian Writers Association Member Arrested

Iranian poet, Amin Moradi

The Iranian Writers Association announced on Sunday that Iranian intelligence agents detained Amin Moradi, a poet and member of the organization.

The statement says the security forces stormed Moradi's home on Saturday morning. They ransacked the place for two hours, confiscated Moradi's belongings, including two laptops, a computer, a cellphone and an unknown number of books, and transferred him to Tehran's infamous Evin Prison.

The reason for Moradi's arrest and detention are unknown. Referring to the poet's lung disease, the IWA expressed concern about his health, especially considering the prevalence of COVID-19 in Iran.

The IWA has called on Iranian authorities to immediately release the young author.

Three other members of the IWA are currently behind bars. An Islamic Revolutionary Court previously sentenced Baktash Abtin, Kayvan Bazhan, and Reza Khandan to sentences ranging from three and a half to six years in jail. They were charged with publishing the association's internal newsletter, visiting the graves of their comrades, Mohammad Jafar Pooyandeh and Mohammad Mokhtari, and attending an annual ceremony commemorating the legendary Iranian poet Ahmad Shamloo.

Pouyandeh and Mokhtari, members of the IWA, were among the victims of a series of political killings in the 1990s, known as the "Chain Murders."