Hossein Burakah Sentenced to Prison and Exile on Political Charges

Hossein Burakah has been sentenced to three years and six months in prison by the Revolutionary Court of Mahabad, according to a report by Kurdpa. In addition, he received a one-year exile to Urmia.

Burakah was convicted of alleged membership in anti-regime groups.

He was arrested on October 23, 2023, after appearing at the courthouse in Piranshahr, and was transferred to Naqadeh Prison. Two days later, he was moved to the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention facility in Urmia and then returned to Naqadeh Prison. Burakah had previously been detained by security forces in early October of the previous year.

Rahman Ghaderi Sentenced to Three Years and Three Months

The Piranshahr Revolutionary Court has sentenced Rahman Ghaderi to three years and three months in prison. If the verdict is upheld on appeal, based on Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, two years and seven and a half months imprisonment will be enforceable.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Rahman Ghaderi, a resident of Piranshahr, was sentenced to three years and three months in prison.

According to the verdict, Ghaderi has been sentenced to two years and seven and a half months in prison on the charge of “collaboration with an anti-regime political party”, and seven and a half months for “propaganda against the regime.”

On February 13, 2022, security forces arrested Ghaderi without showing a warrant and took him to a detention facility in Urmia. At the end of the interrogation process, he was relocated to Naqadeh Prison. On March 12, 2022, he was released on bail.

Seyed Mohammad Hosseini Sentenced to 40 Years in Urmia Prison

On May 25, the Mahabad Revolutionary Court sentenced Seyed Mohammad Hosseini, a resident of Naqadeh in West Azerbaijan, to 40 years in prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, The First Branch of the Revolutionary Court of Mahabad summoned Hosseini and informed him upon arrival that he had been sentenced in absentia.

Hosseini is facing 40 years in Urmia Prison on charges of Moharebeh (rebellion, or “waging war against God” in Shariah Law) through membership in an opposition group.

In April, Hosseini’s last hearing was held in the First Branch of the Revolutionary Court of Mahabad, presided over by Judge Javad Gholami. The political prisoner also faced a hearing for Moharebeh in July 2019.

Hosseini is currently being held in Naqadeh Prison in the West Azerbaijan Province.