Sadr’s friend told CoinDesk that the Iranian blockchain educator was taken into custody in Tehran on September 19th and has not been released.
Multiple sources claim that Ziya Sadr was an Iranian Bitcoin advocate who was detained by Iranian security forces last month.
According to Nima Yazdanmehr who claimed he was a friend, Sadr was arrested in Tehran on Sep. 19. Sadr has not been freed.
The arrest took place amid widespread anti-government protests against the killing of Mahsa Amini (a 22-year old activist), though no reason was given.
Sadr is a well-known Bitcoin educator, Youtuber and a strong advocate for the technology. He has translated Bitcoin content to Farsi, and promoted privacy-focused methods for Bitcoin personal transactions.
Yazdanmehr reports that Sadr is currently in Fashafouyeh Prison, but he remains in contact with his close friends and family.
Sadr is one of many thousands of Iranian activists and citizens who were detained by the Iranian government during the weeks that followed the protests. It is unknown if Sadr’s Bitcoin advocacy is the reason for Iran’s interest.
Multiple sources confirmed that CoinDesk Sadr wasn’t participating in any protest at the time of his arrest.
Sadr was due to be released on bail on Sunday. However, protests and mass arrests caused bail requests to Iran to be delayed. Yazdanmerh reports that Sadr has been released on bail.
Yazdanmerh reports that Sadr’s twitter account was deactivated recently by a party trusted and known by Sadr.