Cartoonist and journalist; editor of the Kurdish news website Ruwange
Hassan Sheikh Aghaei, a cartoonist, editor of the Kurdish news website Ruwange and pharmacologist, was arrested at his pharmacy in the Kurdish town of Mahabad in the northwestern province of Azerbaijan on October 7, 2015 and taken to an unknown location. He spent 30 days in solitary confinement and was released on December 6, 2015 after 60 days in prison after paying a bail of 200 million tomans, close to $67,000.
Sheikh Aghaei had been arrested once before, on July 18, 2009 when he was working for the election campaign of the reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, but was released after a short time.
Authorities did not disclose the charges against Sheikh Aghaei, but some reports claimed he was arrested in connection with his cartoons and critical articles that he had published on his website.
Updated: September 24, 2017
IranWire, October 13, 2015 (Persian)
The UN Refugee Agency, (Refworld) December 14, 2015
Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), December 24, 2015