Authorities in Türkiye have deported an Iranian political activist who had been residing in the country without proper legal documentation.
An informed source told IranWire that former political prisoner Shahryar Baratinya was taken from a camp in Dogubeyazit to the nearby Iranian border on August 3.
Iranian agents reportedly took custody of Baratinya at the border, prompting fears for his safety.
The news agency Hirman, which reports on rights violations against members of Iran's Lor minority, has warned that Baratinya's life could be at risk if handed over to Iranian authorities.
The Intelligence Department of Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kurdistan province, arrested Baratinya two years ago upon his return to the country from a European country, the source told IranWire.
After securing his release on a 700-million-toman ($14,000) bail, he illegally crossed the border to Türkiye, where he lived without a resident permit.
Turkish authorities arrested the activist in Istanbul on June 22 this year before transferring him to Dogubeyazit.