SULAIMANI – Family of detained journalist Sherwan Sherwani, who is serving a six-year prison sentence, called on the courts to revise the case against Sherwani avoiding “political motivation.”
Sherwani was among five Badinan journalists and activists who were each sentenced to six years in prison by Branch 2 of Erbil’s Criminal Court on February 16.
The sentencing public outcry and sparked outrage on social media and among human rights activists.
Kamaran Amin said in a statement that the court’s ruling against his brother Sherwani based on “fabricated” charges of “spying and endangering national security.”
“Sherwan [Sherwani] had been dismissed from his teaching post for having different views and his criticism,” Amin said.
Sherwani and other Badinan journalists and activists have been accused of “taking pictures of forbidden places,” “releasing information about the movement of the security forces,” and “receiving money from outside the Kurdistan Region for exchanging information about the security agencies.”
The defendants all denied the charges against them and lawyer for the cases Bashdar Hasan lamented a “bad” ruling, saying the charges had “previously been decided.”