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Family of Badal Barwari says unaware of his health condition

  2021-04-08  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo - Teacher Badal Barwari, who has been in jail since last May arrested by the security forces affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Duhok, Kurdistan Region. File
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Son of a teacher who has been in custody since last May said his family is unaware of fate and whereabouts of his father following rumors of circulating about deteriorating health conditions of his father in jail.

Last summer and autumn, a number of journalists and activists were arrested including Badal Barwari by the security forces affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Duhok governorate in a bid to crack down protests criticism over the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) decision to delay and slash public sector salary payments amid deteriorating economic conditions.

Five of the detainee, Sherwan Sherwani, Guhdar Zebari, and Ayaz Karam and activists Shvan Saeed Omar and Hariwan Issa, were tried and each sentenced by a court in Erbil to six years in prison over controversial charges of undermine the Kurdistan Region’s security, but cases of Barwari and Omed Baroshki were put aside and sent back to the investigative court for further hearings.

The convicts have denied the charges. 

The sentences caused uproar in the Kurdistan Region and was condemned by local and international human rights watchdogs and foreign missions including the US embassy. 

“We are unaware of my father’s traces in jail,” Ari Badal, son of Badal Barwari, told Zhyan News Network that. “We are waiting for my father’s phone call every day, but to no avail so far.”

Rumors have circulated on the social media claiming the heal condition of the detainee including Barwari has aggravated in the jail. 

“The last time I spoke with my father was on Newroz’s day [March 21],” Badal said, saying the authorities had “promised us to allow us to spoke with him every fifteen days but it did not come out like that.”

On October 4, 2020, the Duhok Criminal Court ruled to release Barwari, but the decree was not followed suit.

On March 30, Lawyer Bashdar Hassan, representation the detainees, told Zhyan that the detainees have gone on hunger strikes and their health was in poor shape.

“A special source told me that health condition of the detainees is very bad. We went to meet them, but were not allowed,” Hassan said at the time.

(Zhyan English)