Fourteen-year-old Mohsen Shabooie was apprehended by security forces in Oshnavieh, as reported by Kurdpa.
The agents carried out the arrest without presenting an arrest warrant, raising concerns about procedural irregularities.
The grounds for Mohsen Shabooie’s arrest and the specific allegations against him remain undisclosed at this time.
This incident adds to the alarming statistics of violations of children’s rights in Iran. According to the Department of Statistics of Human Rights Activists in Iran, 434 reports of children’s rights violations were recorded in 2022. Furthermore, during the nationwide protests of the same year, at least 167 minors were subjected to arrests, highlighting the vulnerability of young individuals caught in such situations.
On May 31, 2023, Faryad Hama-Shour, a resident of Oshnavieh, had his 12-year prison sentence confirmed by the West Azerbaijan Court of Appeals, according to a report by Kurdpa.
Pursuant to Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, he will serve a mandatory five-year term.
Initially, on November 10, 2022, the Oshnavieh Criminal Court sentenced Hama-Shour to five years in prison for his alleged involvement in an anti-regime political party. Additionally, he was given a four-year sentence for purportedly assisting in setting fire to a bank in Oshnavieh, and three years for defying authority by using weapons. Presiding over the case, Judge Ali Hassanzadeh upheld this verdict at the West Azerbaijan Court of Appeals.
Hama-Shour was arrested on September 27, 2022, without showing an arrest warrant, by security forces who subsequently detained him in Urmia Prison.
Security forces arrested Asa’ad Arhani, a resident of Oshnavieh, and took him to a detention facility in Urmia.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Asa’ad Arhani was arrested by security forces.
Arhani was reportedly arrested on the way back to Oshnavieh. The agents did not show any arrest warrant.
The reason for his arrest and the allegations against him are still unknown.
On March 17, 2023, political prisoner Mohyeddin Ebrahimi, a resident of Oshnavieh County, was executed in Urmia Prison. This prison official also carried out the execution of five other inmates convicted of drug-related crimes.
Last Wednesday, March 15, prison officials transferred him to solitary confinement as a routine procedure for carrying out the execution.
On October 23, 2017, Ebrahimi was arrested at the border area adjacent to Iraq for allegedly carrying alcoholic beverages. During the arrest, he was injured by shooting three times in the foot.
On September 23, 2018, branch 2 of Urmia Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Ali Sheikhlou, was sentenced to death for “collaboration with one of the anti-regime political parties.” The Supreme Court overturned this verdict and returned the case to the same branch of the Revolutionary Court for review. This court branch sentenced him again to death, and this time, the verdict was confirmed by the Supreme Court.
Moreover, five inmates, including a woman, all convicted of drug-related crimes, were executed in this prison. HRANA has identified these individuals as Yasin Rashidi, Asha (Foroohar) Abbasnejad, Jahanbakhsh Radlooie, Mohammad Ayoubian and Nasrin (female-last name unknown).
The Oshnavieh Criminal Court sentenced Ayoub Aghaliani to ten and a half years and 70 lashes.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurpda, Ayoub Aghaliani was sentenced to imprisonment and flogging.
Aghaliani received four years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” one year and 70 lashes for “breaching public order and peace,” one and a half years for “destruction of public property,” and four years for “participating in setting fire to public properties.” Applying Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, four years in prison for one charge is enforceable.
Additionally, last month, he received one year and five months from the Urmia Criminal Court for “destruction of public properties and breach of public order and peace.”
Aghaliani, age 22, was arrested by security forces on October 7, 2022, and jailed in Urmia Prison. During detention, he reportedly had family visitation only once and the court granted him a high bail of 1.3 billion Tomans.
About the 2022 Nationwide Protests
The arrest of Mahsa Amini by Tehran Morality Police for her improper hejab and her suspicious death on September 16 sparked protests sweeping across Iran. During the nationwide protests, about 19600 people, including journalists, artists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, were arrested.
Brothers Farhad and Farzad Tahazadeh, arrested at recent nationwide protests, were indicted for “enmity against God (Moharebeh) ” and “spreading corruption on earth.” The case was delivered to the Urmia Revolutionary Court.
An informed source close to their family told HRANA that “a while ago, the Urmia Revolutionary and public prosecution office briefed Tahazadeh brothers about the charges of Moharebeh and spreading corruption on earth. After the indictment, the case was handed over to branch three of the Urmia Revolutionary Court.”
“Their lawyers, Masoud Shams-Nejad and Saleh Nikbakht, did not have any access to their client’s case until a few days ago,” the source added.
Tahazadeh brothers were arrested amid nationwide protests in Oshnavieh and jailed in Urmia Prison. It is still unknown which acts have been invoked as examples of these charges.
The charges of “enmity against God (Moharebeh) ” and “spreading corruption on earth” can result in severe punishment, even the death penalty.
Hemin Shahi arrested at nationwide protests was indicted for two charges of “enmity against God” and “spreading corruption on earth”. The case has been delivered to the Urmia Revolutionary Court.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Hemin (Karwan) Shahi was indicted for “Enmity Against God” and “Spreading Corruption on Earth”, which can result in severe punishments, even the death penalty.
An informed source told HRANA that, as of yet, Shahi’s lawyer, Masoud Shams-Nejad has not had any access to the documents of his case.
His other lawyer, Othman Mozayan, has not been able to visit his client and undertake the case due to the judicial authorities’ interference.
In late October 2022, Shahi was arrested amid nationwide protests in Oshnavieh and taken to Urmia Prison. It is still unknown which acts have been invoked as examples of these charges.
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.
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.
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.