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Kurdish political prisoner sentenced to 40 years in prison: watchdog

  2021-05-25  | 
 Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Ethnic Kurdish political inmate was sentenced to 40 years in prison by a court in West Azerbaijan’s Mahabad on charges of “moharebeh” or “waging war against God” as he was notified of the court ruling on Tuesday (May 25), a watchdog said.

The prisoner, Seyyed Mohammad Hossein, was apprehended in 2017 upon returning to Naghadeh, despite a previous guarantee of safe conduct from the Iranian authorities, Hengaw Human Rights Organization said, noting Hosseini is the former member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (PDKI).

He has been detained in Naghadeh Central Prison since his arrest and will be transferred to Urmia Central prison to serve his sentence, according to the watchdog, which report on human rights abuses in the Iranian Kurdistan.

In 2020, Iran granted temporary releases to nearly 90 thousand of prisoners due to coronavirus pandemic. 

Hosseini was deprived from parole after he was not able to post 4 billion Tomans ($200,000) demanded by the Iranian authorities, added Hengaw.

Earlier this month, another Kurdish political inmate was handed down a 40-year jail imprisonment for previous links with the same Kurdish political party. 

At least 28 ethnic Kurds were apprehended by the security forces in Iran’s Kurdish-majority provinces in Iran on charges of political and civil activism, participation in Newroz celebrations and membership to the Kurdish political parties during April. 

Over 114 ethnic Kurds have been arrested in different regions in the Iranian Kurdistan since January in a large-scale clampdown by the Iranian authorities on dissidents, environmental, political and cultural activists, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), another watchdog, said on May 2. 

At least 205 political and civil activists, journalists, environmentalists were arrested in 2020, according to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association (KMMK), another watchdog.

International watchdogs such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have voiced alarm regarding the state of press freedom and the freedom of expression in Iran.

(Zhyan English)