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Nine more Badinan detainees prepared to face trial: lawyer

  2021-04-19  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Collective image of nine Badinan detainees who are set to face trial over "spying". Graphic/Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Nine Badinan detainees have been prepared to face trial over charges of “spying,” bringing the total number of the men detained over the same charge to 14.

The detainees consisted of nine activists and journalists who have been “incorrectly” identified by the courts as laborers to facilitate convicting them, a lawyer for Badinan activists Bashdar Hassan said 

The trail against the nine men comes amid intensified crackdown on journalists and activists in the Kurdistan Region. Erbil’s Criminal Court on February 16 sentenced five Badinan journalists and activists to six years in prison.

They were 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.”

Newly issued charges, which have been issued against the nine men, are the same charges against the other five Badinan تournalists and activists, Bashdar Hassan said.

The charges have been documented in two cases which were transferred to Erbil’s Criminal Court in an effort to schedule a court session against them, he added.

The nine men have been identified as Sleman Musa, Kargar Abas, Jamal Khalil, Sleman Kamal, Bandawar Ayyub, Masoud Shangali, Sherwan Taha, Amr Khalid and Firsat Ahmed.

They have been charged in accordance with Article one, Law No. 21 for “endangering national security” of the Kurdistan Region.

(Zhyan English)