Amir Bayazidi Azar and Ghasem Azizian, both of Mahabad City, were summoned to Mahabad Prison this past week to serve their respective sentences. Azar left on Saturday to begin a three month sentence, while Azizan left Monday to serve a 28 month sentence.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, both men had previously been tried and sentenced by the Revolutionary Court of Mahabad, and both verdicts were upheld on appeal.
Azar was arrested by security forces on January 16, 2021. After being held for three days in the detention centre of the Ministry of Intelligence, he was relocated to Mahabad prison. On February 7, 2021, he was released on bail. Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced him to three months in prison on charges of “propaganda against the regime”.
Similarly, Azizian was arrested by security forces on May 21, 2021. After interrogation, he was transferred to Mahabad prison. On July 19, 2021, he was released on bail. Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced him to 28 months in prison on charges of “membership in an opposing political party”.
On Thursday, October 14, Sunni prisoner Zaher Roozkhun was released temporarily on bail until the end of criminal proceedings.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Mahabad resident Zaher Roozkhun was released on bail for 350 million tomans (approx. 13,000 US dollars). He has been denied access to lawyer and family visitation during the detention.
Roozkhun had been previously arrested by security forces before too on August 29, 2021. After completing the interrogation process, he was sent from a detention center in Urmia to Mahabad Prison.
As of writing this, the reason for his arrest and the charges is unknown.
The Revolutionary Court of Mahabad sentenced Saeed Fathi Nejad, a citizen currently detained in Mahabad Prison, to three years and seven months in prison.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Mr. Fathi Nejad received this sentence on a charge of “membership in an opposition group”.
He was arrested by security forces in mid-June without a court order and was transferred to Mahabad Prison after being interrogated.
28-year-old Saeed Fathi Nejad has been denied access to a lawyer and family visits during his detention.
Observations of symptoms of the coronavirus among inmates has raised concerns about the virus’s spread within the public ward of Mahabad Prison
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Mukrian News Agency, several inmates have been denied medical treatment despite having deteriorating health and symptoms of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, prison officials have refused to provide even symptomatic inmates with COVID tests, and several prisoners in the public ward of the prison have severe symptoms.
“Several prisoners suffer from Corona and are in critical condition,” the report quoted a prisoner as saying.
On May 18, Soleiman Karimpour, a citizen of Mahabad in the West Azerbaijan province, was sent to Mahabad Prison on charges of “collaborating with one of the opposition parties”.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Karimpour was sentenced by the Mahabad Revolutionary Court to two years in prison, and the confiscation of a private car. The sentence was later upheld by the Court of Appeals.
in September 2020, Suleiman Karimpour was arrested by security forces and later transferred from the IRGC Intelligence Detention Center to Mahabad Prison. He was released on bail in December 2020.
Per the report, Karimpour was denied a lawyer and family visits during his detention.
HRANA News Agency – A prisoner was executed on charge of “murder” in the central prison of Urmia.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), a prisoner named “Khaled Amini” was executed on charge of “murder” in the central prison of Urmia on August 15, 2017. Continue reading “One Prisoner Executed in Urmia Prison”
HRANA News Agency – It has been reported that the situation of medical facilities in Mahabad prison is very inappropriate and lack of medical staff has put the ill prisoners in trouble.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), prisoners of Mahabad prison complained against the lack of medical staff after office hours and lack of medicines and medical equipment, even though the existence of medical staff is also problematic. Continue reading “Lack of Medican Equipment and Staff in Mahabad Prison”
HRANA News Agency – The misbehavior of Mahabab prison authorities has increased in the past month. Frequent inspections, humiliation and obscenity and beating the prisoners are the issues which have been repeatedly happened many times in this prison during the past month.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the authorities of Mahabab prison inspect the rooms and suites of prisoners frequently because of unknown reasons and in most cases these inspections end to the humiliation and beating the prisoners. An informed source said to HRANA: “A number of prisoners were transferred out of their ward and tied and beaten by sprinkling water and obscenities for several times so far.” Continue reading “Pressures Grow on Prisoners of Mahabad Prison”
HRANA News Agency – 4 arrestees of the recent demonstrations in Mahabad has been transferred from the intelligence office of Uremia to Mahabad Prison.
According to the report of the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Kambiz Chekani, Anvar Badri, Rahman Khoshkalam and Younes Mallak had been arrested a day after the demonstrations in Mahabad and were transferred to the intelligence office of Uremia. Continue reading “4 Arrestees of Mahabad Transferred to Public Prison”
HRANA News Agency – Following recent demonstrations in the city of Mahabad, pressures on prisoners in Mahabad prison has increased significantly.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), after the recent protests in Mahabad city, prisoners’ weekly visits have been suspended and their phone contact is disconnected. Continue reading “Pressures Grow on Political Prisoners in Mahabad Prison”