Dual Iranian-Dutch National, Political Activist
Sabri Hassanpour, an outspoken critic of the Iranian regime, was arrested in Iran on April 21, 2016. Hassanpour, who currently is a resident and citizen of the Netherlands, had reportedly traveled to Iran to visit relatives. During his stay he reportedly traveled to Tehran, Isfahan, Ahwaz and Karaj. Some sources close to him claim “he was abducted from Turkey during a meeting with family and transferred to Iran.”
Hassanpour is executive director and host of the Persian-language online network “Simay-e Rahayi” (Vision of Liberation). He is also reportedly a member of the National Iranian Congress to Save Iran, which aims to establish a shadow government and parliament in exile for Iranians.”
Treatment in Prison
Hassanpour was reportedly transferred to Evin Prison’s clinic following a heart attack on November 15, 2016. Prison officials have reportedly refused requests by Hassanpour for needed open-heart surgery. A source close to Hassanpour says he “suffers from asthma and heart disease [and] is in a bad health condition due to constant insults and mistreatment…” In addition, Hassanpour’s wife has been unable to follow up on his case because she lives in Holland and fears that if she travels to Iran she may also be arrested. Hassanpour remains imprisoned in Evin’s Ward 4.
Hassanpour was put on trial by Iran’s Revolutionary Court on November 12, 2016, for “propaganda against the state and acting against national security.” Presiding Judge Abolghasem Salvati reportedly told Hassanpour he would receive a “heavy verdict” for signing a letter in support of prisoners on hunger strike. Sabri is still awaiting a verdict.