Iran Protests: Six People Sentenced to a Combined over 18 Years for Protest in Oshnavieh

The Oshnavieh Criminal Court sentenced Farhad Kazemi, Khaled Dashti, Ehsan Safai-Far, Mohammad Peyghami, Abdorrahim Rahimi and Fardin Khosh-Khahesh to a combined 18 years and six months in prison. These individuals were arrested during recent protests and then released on bail.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, six residents of Oshnavieh were sentenced to a total of 18 years and six months in prison.

According to these verdicts, Abdorrahim Rahimi and Fardin Khosh-Khahesh received five years and three months for “disturbing public order, defying government agents, and destruction of public property through participating in protests.” Farhad Kazemi, Khaled Dashti, Ehsan Safai-Far and Mohammad Peyghami each received two years for “disturbing public order and defying government agents.”

These individuals were previously arrested by security forces and released later on bail after the interrogation.

Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, about 18400, including journalists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. For more details and statistics on the nationwide protest across Iran, read the latest HRANAs comprehensive report here.

Five Years Prison Sentence of Mohammad-Khaled Hamzehpour Upheld by Court of Appeals

Recently, the Court of Appeal of West Azerbaijan Province upheld the verdict against Mohammad-Khaled Hamzehpour. Earlier, Hamzepour had been sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court of Oshnavieh.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Center of Democracy and Human Rights in Kurdistan, the five years sentence against Mohammad-Khaled Hamzehpour, a resident of Oshnavieh, was upheld on appeal.

Hamzehpour and four others had been charged with “membership in an anti-regime group.”

On December 14, 2020, security forces arrested Hamzehpour and took him to a detention facility in Urmia. On December 24 of that year, he was released on bail.

During detention, these individuals were denied access to a lawyer and family visits. 

Aziz Ghadertaj Imprisoned in Oshnavieh Prison

On Thursday, May 26, 2022, Aziz Ghadertaj, a teacher and resident of Oshnavieh County, was imprisoned in Oshnavieh Prison for sentencing.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, on Thursday, May 26, 2022, Aziz Ghadertaj was imprisoned in Oshnavieh Prison to serve a three-year sentence. 

On March 27, 2022, Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Oshnavieh notified Ghadetaj and four other residents of Oshnavieh about their convictions. According to this verdict, he was sentenced to three years on the charge of “membership in an anti-regime group.”

The trial of these five individuals was held last year.

On January 31, 2021, security forces arrested and transferred Ghadetaj to Urmia Prison. On March 3, 2021, after completing interrogation, he was relocated to Oshnavieh and the day after was released on bail.

During detention,  Ghadertaj has been denied access to a lawyer and family visitation.

Mohammad Seddiq Azizi Sentenced to Two and a Half Years in Prison

Branch 1 of the Military Court of West Azerbaijan Province has sentenced Mohammad Seddiq Azizi to two and a half years in prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa News, Seddiq Azizi, a resident of Oshnavieh County, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

According to this verdict issued on April 19, 2022, Mr. Azizi has been convicted of “collaboration with an anti-regime political party.”

On February 9, 2022, while he was serving in the army as a conscript, the Army Intelligence agents arrested and transferred him to a detention facility in Oshnavaieh County and from there to the prison of this city. He was taken several times back and forth between the prison and the detention center. He was denied access to a phone call and family visitation during the detention.

 Azizi’s father, Loghman Azizi had also been arrested on June 21, 2021. In mid-July, he was released on bail.

Six Citizens Arrested by Security Forces in Oshnavieh

Last Sunday, April 10, 2022, security forces arrested six people in Oshaniveh County.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Krudpa News Outlet, six people were arrested by security forces in Oshnavieh County.

The report identifies the arrestees as Reza Eslmadoost, Saman Saroulzadeh, Diako Khalili, Ashkan Shakkak, Sanaan Rasoulzadeh and Sina Aghazadeh, all residents of Nalous City located in Oshaniveh County in West Azerbaijan Province.

Reportedly, the security forces raided these individuals’ houses without showing an arrest warrant. They transferred them to a detention center in Urmia City. Later, Sina Aghazadeh was released on bail after a few hours of interrogation.

On March 30, 2022, the above-mentioned individuals were summoned and interrogated by the Ministry of Intelligence for participating in a gathering for the celebration of Nowruz. 

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Vahed Sheikh Mohammadi Sentenced to Six Months in Prison

Following a series of convictions against some residents of Oshnavieh County in West Azerbaijan Province, the Revolutionary Court of Oshnavieh sentenced Vahed Sheikh Mohammadi, the resident of Oshnavieh County, to six months in prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa News Outlet, Vahed Sheikh Mohammadi, the resident of  Oshnavieh was sentenced to six months on the charge of “collaboration with an anti-regime party”.

On January 30, 2021, security forces arrested Mr Sheikh Mohammadi and transferred him to a detention centre in Urmia. On March 10, 2021, he was relocated from there to Urmia Prison. Three days later, he was released on bail until the end of the legal proceeding.

Heidar Alizadeh and Shirzad Mamandi Sentenced to Imprisonment

Following mass convictions against some residents of Oshnavieh County in West Azerbaijan Province, Branch 101 of the Criminal Court of this County sentenced Heidar Alizadeh and Shirzad Mamandi to a total of 6 years imprisonment. These individuals had been arrested in late August of 2021 and subsequently were released on bail. 

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa News Outlet, Heidar Alizadeh and Shirzad Mamandi were sentenced respectively to four and two years imprisonment on the charge of “collaboration with an anti-regime party”. This verdict was issued last Tuesday, April 5.

On August 29, 2021, security forces arrested and detained them in a detention center in Urmia. At the time of arrest, the agents searched their houses and confiscated some of their belongings including their phones. In October of last year, they were released on bail.

Penalty and Imprisonment for Three Residents of Oshnavieh County

The Criminal Court of Oshnavieh sentenced three citizens of Oshnavieh County, Ayoub Musa, age 26, Hawre (Mehran) Kharazm, age 20, and Siamand Kharazm, age 27, to imprisonment and penalty payments.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurpda News Outlet, Ayoub Musa, Hawre Kharazm and Siamand Kharazm, all residents of Oshnavieh were sentenced to pay fines and imprisonment.

According to the verdict issued by Branch 101 of the Criminal Court of Oshnavieh, Ayoub Musa has been sentenced to 8 years in prison and a fine for the amount of nine million tomans on the charges of “collaboration with an anti-regime party and carrying the illegal gun.” Hawre and Siamand have been sentenced each to 6 months in prison on the charge of “collaboration with an anti-regime party.”

On January 7, 2022, without showing any arrest warrant, security forces arrested Ayoub Musa and Hawre Kharazm and transferred them to a detention centre in Urmia and after a while from there to Oshnavieh prison. Siamand Kharazm was also arrested on January 24, 2022, and sent to Oshnavieh prison. During the next month, they were released on bail until the end of the legal proceedings.

Omid Marouf Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Oshnavieh sentenced Omid Marouf to two years in prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, last Sunday, March 27, 2022, Omid Marouf, a resident of Oshnavieh, was sentenced to two years imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court of Oshnavieh.

Mr. Marouf has been convicted on the charge of “collaboration with anti-regime groups”. The court session was held in July of 2021.

On December 15, 2020, security forces arrested Omid Marouf and after interrogation for one month in a detention centre, transferred him from Oshnavieh to Urmia Prison. On January 20, 2021, he was released on bail pending legal proceedings.

Yousef Amini Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

The Revolutionary Court of Oshnavieh sentenced Yousef Amini to two years imprisonment.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Yousef Amini, a resident of Oshnavieh was sentenced to two years in prison. He had been charged with “collaboration with political opposition parties.”

On Sunday, March 27, 2022, the verdict was issued by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Oshnavieh headed by Judge Rezai. The court session was held on February 26, 2022.

On January 24, 2022, the security forces arrested and transferred Mr. Amini to a detention center in Oshnavieh.