Former bodybuilding champion Khaled Pirzadeh has been arrested at the airport in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz and placed in solitary confinement.
Intelligence agents apprehended Pirzadeh on September 19 without showing an arrest warrant, as he was preparing to travel to Turkey with a valid passport, sources told IranWire.
Intelligence agents informed the family that he might be transferred to Tehran for further interrogation.
Prior to making travel arrangements, Pirzadeh was officially informed that he was not subject to any travel restriction, the sources said, adding that his daughter was hospitalized due to stress caused by his arrest.
Pirzadeh had previously been arrested in June 2019 and later sentenced to seven years in prison by Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolution Court for "assembly and collusion" and "insulting the leadership."
He resorted to hunger strikes on multiple occasions and, in January 2022, he sewed his right eyelid to protest the conditions of his incarceration.
When Pirzadeh was released from prison in February 2023, he was unable to walk due to a spinal cord injury and an anxiety disorder.