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Iran sentenced two Kurdish citizens to 13 years in prison

  2021-04-12  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Jalal Namdari
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – An Iranian court sentenced two Kurdish citizens to 13 years in prison on charges of “acting against national security” and participating in November 2019 protests, a human rights organization  reported on Monday (April 12).

Both defendants, Jalal Namdari and Saeid Khaledi, were accused of collaborating with an opposition party and they admitted charges against them, Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) said citing Namdari’s lawyer and other sources.
A five-year prison sentence was issued against Jalal Namdari for “acting against national security” through cooperation with a group acting against the state, and another three-year sentence for “conspiracy to commit a crime,” participating and encouraging people to attend the November 2019 protests.

“Saeid Khaledi, another defendant in the case and a resident of Paveh, was sentenced to four years in prison on charges of acting against national security by collaborating with a group acting against the state, and to one year in prison for “propaganda against the state,” KHRN said.

Jalal Namdari was arrested in Kermanshah on 30 December 2020, and Saeid Khaledi a few days later in Paveh.
KHRN said “The two Kurdish civilians were held in the detention centre of this security institution in Kermanshah under harsh conditions and pressure of interrogators.”

“Jalal Namdari is currently being held in Kermanshah Central Prison and Saeed Khaledi has been released on bail, pending court ruling.”

Iran ranked second after China in executing most people, according to Amnesty International.

Iran executed at least 280 prisoners during 2020, according to a joint report by the Paris-based Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM) and Iran Human Rights (IHR) published on March 31.

(Zhyan English)