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Kurdish inmate sentenced to 40 years in prison in Iranian Kurdistan: watchdog

  2021-05-12  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo of Mohammad Moradi, former memebr of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), who surrendered to the Iranian security forces in September 2017 and sentenced to 40 years in prison thereafter- Graphic by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – An ethnic Kurd was sentenced to 40 years in jail on charges of past membership to a Kurdish political party outlawed by the Iranian authorities, said a watchdog on Wednesday (May 12).

Mohammad Moradi, a citizen from Piranshahr district in West Azerbaijan province, was sentenced by the First Branch of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Court in Mahabad for his past links with the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), reported Hengaw Organization for Human Rights. 

He was sentenced on charge of “dysfunction" through membership to the PDKI and were informed on Wednesday after being summoned to Naghadeh prison, said the monitor, that reports on the human rights abuses in the Iranian Kurdistan.

The Kurdish citizen was arrested after a member of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) filed a lawsuit against him said that he had been arrested while carrying three guns, according to Hengaw. 

Moradi is from Qabr Hussein village in Piranshahr and was a six-month former member to aforementioned Kurdish party before returning to the Iranian Kurdistan and surrendered to the Iranian security forces on September 6, 2017. 

On October 14,2019, Moradi’s brothers Abdolrahman and Sadegh Moradi were shot dead by the IRGC forces during a riot in on the borders of Piranshahr, added the watchdog. 

At least 28 ethnic Kurds were apprehended by the security forces in Iran’s Kurdish-majority provinces in Iran on charges of political and civil activism, participation in Newroz celebrations and membership to the Kurdish political parties during April, the watchdog on May 3.  

About 114 ethnic Kurds have been arrested in different regions in the Iranian Kurdistan since January in a large-scale clampdown by the Iranian authorities on dissidents, environmental, political and cultural activists, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), another watchdog, said on May 2. 

At least 205 political and civil activists, journalists, environmentalists were arrested in 2020, according to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association (KMMK), another watchdog.

International watchdogs such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have voiced alarm regarding the state of press freedom and the freedom of expression in Iran.

(Zhyan English)