Lawyers team of Badinan convicts appeals court verdict in last-ditch
Journalists and activists Sherwan Sherwan, Shvan Saeed, Guhdar Zebari, Hariwan Issa and Ayaz Karam, who were sentenced by a court in Erbil on March 29, 2021. Graphic by Zhya News Network
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Head of a team of lawyers representing the five Badinan convicts Bashdar Hassan said on Thursday (May 20) that they had presented their last appeal with the Kurdistan Region Court of Cassation in Erbil.
Recently upheld by
the appellate court, three journalists and two activists were sentenced to
six years in prison by an Erbil criminal court in February over charges amounting to undermining the stability and security of the Kurdistan Region.
“We have hopes that the Region Court of Cassation will decide in favor of the Badinan convicts due to the internal and external pressures,” Hassan told Zhyan News Network.
Last summer and autumn, a number of journalists and activists, including the five, were arrested by the security forces affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Duhok.
The crackdown was seen as 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.