Norwegian-Iranian citizen arrested by Iranian security forces

Norwegian-Iranian citizen arrested by Iranian security forces

Hengaw: Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Hadi Zaheri (Shalmashi), a Kurd from Sardasht, who holds dual Iranian-Norwegian citizenship, was arrested last week by the security forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He is an athlete and bodybuilding coach in Norway.

According to a report received by Hengaw Human Rights Organization, on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, Hadi Zaheri, a dual citizen of Sardasht residing in Norway, was arrested by security forces in this city and transferred to an unknown location.

Hengaw learned that Hadi Zaheri was summoned to the Sardasht intelligence office the same day and interrogated for several hours. He was arrested later that evening following an intelligence raid on his family’s home.

According to a source close to Hadi Zaheri’s family, intelligence forces simultaneously seized the passports of Mr. Hadi Zaheri, his wife and their two children.

After 17 years of living in Norway, Zaheri arrived in Tehran by plane last month to visit family and relatives, then traveled to his hometown.

Hadi Zaheri is a professional athlete and bodybuilding coach and has won awards in various international competitions.

At the time of writing, no specific information is available regarding the reasons for his arrest and the charges against him.

Hengaw’s Warning

Hengaw Human Rights Organization warns all dual citizens of the serious consequences of traveling to Iran. Since the start of the “Woman, Life, Freedom” revolution, arrests and harsh sentences against dual citizens have increased significantly. The Iranian government does not recognize dual citizens and may consider these individuals only as Iranian citizens. This can lead to arrests, seizure of documents, and legal restrictions against them. In many cases, dual citizens face baseless accusations that can result in prolonged detention and unfair trials. Hengaw urges dual citizens to be aware of the potential risks and to carefully consider the current legal and political situation before deciding to travel to Iran.