Two Individuals Detained by Security Forces in Piranshahr

On May 6, 2024, security forces apprehended Somayeh Ghaderi and Hossein Bayazidi in Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan province, and transported them to an undisclosed location, according to Kurdpa.

Somayeh Ghaderi’s brother, Mohsen Ghaderi, is presently incarcerated in Naqadeh Prison on political charges. The individuals were reportedly taken from their residences without the presentation of any arrest warrant. As of now, the motive for their detention, their current whereabouts, and the specifics of the allegations against them remain unknown.

Mohammad-Taher Hosseinpour Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison on Political Charges

According to a report by Kurdpa, Mohammad-Taher Hosseinpour has been handed a 13-year prison term by the Revolutionary Court of Mahabad.

Judge Doosti, presiding over Branch 1 of the Mahabad Revolutionary Court, notified Hosseinpour of his conviction for “collaboration and membership in an anti-regime political party.”

Hosseinpour was apprehended by security forces in Naqadeh on August 23, 2023. Following 40 days of interrogation, he was transferred to Naqadeh Prison. This isn’t his first encounter with arrests and convictions stemming from his activism.

Sadegh Mahmood-Nejad Sentenced to Five Years and Six Months in Prison

Sadegh Mahmood-Nejad, a resident of Piranshahr, has been handed a five-year-and-six-month prison sentence by the Mahabad Revolutionary Court, according to a report by Kurdpa.

Mahmood-Nejad was found guilty of “membership in an anti-regime political party and spreading propaganda against the regime.”

In another part of his legal case, the Criminal Court of Piranshahr has sentenced Mahmood-Nejad to pay a fine substituting a three-month prison term and 30 lashes.

The incident unfolded on July 3, 2023, when security forces arrested Mahmood-Nejad at his residence, subsequently detaining him in Naqadeh Prison. Following 12 days of incarceration, he was released on bail.

Sentences Reduced for Two Azerbaijani (Turk) Activists to One Year Imprisonment and Fine

Mokhtar Ebrahimi and Mir-Mousavi Zia Gargari, two Azerbaijani (Turk) activists, have had their sentences reduced on appeal to one year in prison and a fine, respectively. Initially, they had received a combined sentence of 11 years.

As per the East Azerbaijan Court of Appeals’ verdict, Ebrahimi was sentenced to one year for “propaganda against the regime,” while Zia Gargari was fined six million Toman.

In 2021, Ebrahimi had been sentenced to ten years for “forming groups against the regime” and “membership in anti-regime groups” by the Maragheh Court. Zia Gargari had also received a one-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime.”

Ebrahimi was arrested by security forces on August 26, 2020, and subsequently incarcerated in Maragheh Prison after 21 days. He was later released on bail.

On September 16, 2020, Zia Gargari was arrested at his residence in Naqadeh by security forces and detained in the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention facility. He was released on bail from Maragheh Prison on October 7, 2020.

Bapir Barzeh Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

Former political prisoner Bapir Barzeh has been sentenced to three years in prison by the Mahabad Revolutionary Court.

As reported by Kurdpa, Judge Amir Ojaghlou presided over Branch 1 of the Mahabad Revolutionary Court, which found Barzeh guilty of “acting against national security through membership in an anti-regime political party.”

Additionally, Barzeh has recently received a one-year prison sentence from the Piranshahr Criminal Court.

Barzeh’s arrest took place on November 22, 2022, when security forces apprehended him without presenting an arrest warrant. He was subsequently held in a detention facility in Urmia. Throughout his detention period, reports indicate that Barzeh was denied access to legal representation and visits from his family. Finally, he was released on bail from Naqadeh prison on January 26, 2023.

It’s important to note that Barzeh has a history of previous arrests and convictions related to his activism.

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Hojjat Esmatzadeh Sentenced to Imprisonment and Flogging

Branch 101 of the Criminal Court of Naqadeh County sentenced Azerbaijani Turk activist, Hojjat Esmatzadeh to flogging and two and a half years in prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Azerbaijani Turk activist, Hojjat Esmatzadeh, a resident of Naqadeh, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison and 50 lashes.

According to the verdict issued by Branch 101 of the Criminal Court of Naqadeh, Esmatzadeh has been sentenced to one year imprisonment and 50 lashes on the charge of “disturbing public order” and 18 months in prison for “publishing photos on the Internet.”

On November 24, 2021, Esmatzadeh was summoned to appear at the press office of the Ministry of Intelligence where he was arrested and sent to Naqadeh Prison.

Esmatzadeh has faced other arrests and summons due to his civil activities on prior occasions.

Ahad Moloodi and Hossein Khelyani Sentenced to Imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court of Naqadeh

Recently, the Revolutionary Court of Naqadeh sentenced Ahad Moloodi and Hossein Khelyani to five months in prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa News Outlet, Ahad Moloodi and Hossein Khelyani, the residents of two villages in Naqadeh County located in West Azerbaijan Province were sentenced to five months imprisonment.

In this report, an informed source stated that the citizens have been charged with “propaganda against the regime in favor of an anti-regime political party.”

On January 4, 2022, these individuals were arrested by security forces and released on bail six days later from a detention center in Naqdeh.

Suspected Criminals in Naqadeh in West Azerbaijan Province Humiliated by Police

On Saturday, August 28, police humiliated three suspected criminals in the middle of the streets in Naqadeh on the order of Rasoul No’ei, the prosecutor of Naqadeh City.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, this action is contrary to the conventions on human rights, domestic law, and human dignity.

The citizens had been arrested on charges of harassment, disturbing public security, and damaging vehicles.

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.