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.