Masoud shams Nejad, an attorney and on the faculty of Payam Nour and Azad universities in Orumieh, was arrested on Thursday May 9, 2013 and transferred to Orumieh prison after initial interrogation.
According to reports, shams Nejad is currently in Orumieh prison and since his transfer there all phone contacts from the ward he is incarcerated in have been cut off. As of to date reason for his arrest still unclear.
Masoud Shamsnejad is the defense attorney for death row political prisoner Habibollah Golparipour who for unknown reasons three days ago was transferred out of Semnan prison and taken to the central prison in Orumieh.
Habibollah Golparipour was arrested 2007 on charges of affiliation with a banned Kurdish group and was later tried and sentenced to death. His death sentence has been upheld by the Supreme Court.