4 Sunni Civilians Sentenced to Imprisonment for Jogging Together

HRANA News Agency – 4 Sunni residents of Boukan, who had been arrested during mass arrests, on October 6, 2016 were sentenced each to 5 years in prison. The judge who has issued the sentences has considered their jogging as acts against the national security.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Sunni citizens and residents of Boukan, with the names of Abdulghafoor Asouar, Yaqub Nooreh, Kamal Aliaghdam, and Haxhar Fareghi were each sentenced to 5 years in prison.

A close source to these citizens told HRANA’s reporter, “This law suit was being processed by another judge who had stated that there was nothing in the case, for which he could issue imprisonment sentences, but then another judge reviewed the case and sentenced each of them to 5 years.”

This informed source continued, “They went for jogging and they are charged for this. This judge had previously sentenced 12 other citizens to imprisonments for jogging. He told them that this jogging was a part of organized activities against the national security, while there was nothing else in the case that could be associated with that”.

Need to be mentioned, on Thursday, October 6, 2016, security forces had a coordinated raid on many houses in Boukan and arrested many. These arrests were along with beating. Arrestees are reported to be tens of youths and juveniles, and some of the Imams of the mosques and their students.

The majority of the arrestees were released on the bail, but 4 Sunni citizens with the names of Abdulghafoor Asouar, Yaqub Nooreh, Kamal Aliaghdam, and Haxhar Fareghi were kept captive in the intelligence corps of the revolutionary guards of Seyed-Al-Shohada detention centre, which is located in Uremia-Tabriz road. These citizens were transferred to central prison of Uremia after nearly two months.

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