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Judicial Council: Sentencing of Badinan activists was "transparent"

  2021-02-17  | 
 Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The Kurdistan Region’s Judicial Council said on Wednesday (February 17) that a ruling against five Badinan journalists and activists was “transparent.”

The council accused critics of the decision of sentencing the journalists and activists to 6 years in prison of “intervening” in the work of the judicial authority.

The trial took place “with the participation of several parliament members, consulate representatives, lawyers, human rights organizations representatives, journalists and media outlets,” read a statement by the Judicial Council.

“The process was on the basis of judiciary,” it added.

Kurdistan Journalists’ Syndicate in a statement on Wednesday (February 17) referred to the detained journalists as “civilians,” demanding their release.

People in the Kurdistan Region must have full access to freedom of speech and the practice of civil activities must be allowed, the syndicate said.

The syndicate all the courts must maintain sovereignty and preserve “impartiality.”

“The decision of sentencing the activists must be separated from political conflicts and violation of rule of law,” it added.

An Erbil court on Tuesday (February 16) sentenced journalist Sherwan Amin Sherwani and another four journalists and activists to six years in prison. 

Badinan Journalists and activists, Sherwan Amin Sherwani, Shivan Saed, Guhdar Zebary, Hariwan Issa and Ayaz Karami were accused by the General Prosecutor of “endangering national security” and were each sentenced to six years in prison.

Lawyer for the cases Bashdar Hasan lamented a “bad” ruling, saying the charges had “previously been decided.”

(Zhyan English)