Iran Protests: Six People Arrested in Piranshahr

On January 18, 2023, security forces arrested Taha Rasoulian, Ahmad Abdollahpour, Shahoo Abdollahpour, Sina Deshmir, Ghader Mohammadpour and Mohsen Ghaderi in Piranshahr and took them to an undisclosed location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, on January 18, 2023, six residents of a village in Piranshahr County, West Azerbaijan Province, were arrested.

The agents reportedly did not show any arrest warrant. The reason for their arrests, whereabouts and allegations are still unknown.

 

Seven Individuals Arrested in Abdanan and Piranshahr

On October 20, 2022, security forces arrested a cleric, Zana Khoshaman and his wife, Sanoor Ghaderi, in Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan Province.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, quoting Kurdpa, cleric Zana Khoshaman and his wife Sanoor Ghaderi were arrested in Piranshahr.

The security forces reportedly raided this couple’s house and arrested them without showing any arrest warrant.
 
In another report, five individuals identified as Esmail Bavir, Mohammad Zini Vand, Sattar Zeidi, Ali Soleimani and Mahmood Bazdar were arrested in Abdanan, Ilam Province. The reason for these arrests is still unknown.

 

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.

Sa’ada Khadirzadeh Commited Suicide in Urmia Prison

On August 18, 2022, Sa’ada Khadirzadeh attempted suicide in Urmia Prison. According to unverified sources, she has also tried to kill her infant child with pills before committing suicide. Two days earlier, she was interrogated by intelligence agents. 

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on August 18, 2022, Sa’ada Khadirzadeh committed suicide in Urmia Prison.

Currently, she and her infant child are under treatment in the prison infirmary.

Khadirzadeh tried to hang herself with her scarf. She also tried to kill her infant child with pills, which HRANA cannot verify independently.

On October 14, 2021, security forces arrested Khadirzadeh in Piranshahr.

On June 20, 2022, she conceived a child at a hospital in Urmia.

The reason for her arrest and the charges are still unknown.

Three Individuals Arrested in Piranshahr

On July 5, 2022, security forces arrested three individuals in Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan Province.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, three individuals were arrested in Piranshahr.

These individuals have been identified as Akam Khezrzadeh, age 26, Othman Delsooz, age 64, and Hazar Delsooz, age 28, and were transferred to a detention facility in Urmia.

The reason for these arrests and the charges are unknown so far.

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Five Citizens Including a Minor Arrested in Piranshahr

Last Sunday, April 3, 2022, the security forces arrested five citizens, including a 17 years old female teen in Piranshahr. They were transferred to a detention center for interrogation.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, the five individuals identified as Parisa Sepahi, age 17, Kooyar Eliasi, age 18, Erfan Zolfinia, age 18, Yousef Heshrati, age 22 and Mansour Kani-Rashi, age 32, were arrested in Piranshahr County by security forces.

Reportedly, the security forces did not show any warrant during the arrest.

The reason for these arrests and the charges are still unknown.

Two Citizens Arrested in Piranshahr City

On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Piranshahr city, security forces arrested two citizens and transferred them to an unidentified location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, two citizens identified as Ahmad Rasooli and Sasan Padash were arrested by security forces in Piranshahr.

According to an informed source, these citizens were arrested due to participation in Nowruz celebration in the village Qalateh Rash located in Piranshahr.

The whereabouts of these arrestees are still unknown.

Ahad Mahmood Hassan Sentenced to Six Months Imprisonment

Ahad Mahmood Hassan, resident of Piranshahr, was sentenced to six months in prison by the Criminal Court of Piranshahr City.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Center of Democracy and Human Rights in Kurdistan, one of Hassan’s charges was “collaboration with one of the opposition political parties”.

On April 24, 2020, he was arrested by security forces and sent to Naghadeh Prison after interrogation. On June 10, 2020, he was released on a surety bond until the end of legal proceedings.

Shirku Agooshi Sentenced to 10 Years In Prison

On December 29, former political prisoner Shirku Agooshi was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Criminal Court of Mahabad City.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Center of Democracy and Human Rights in Kurdistan, the resident of Piranshahr was sentenced by Branch 103 of the Criminal Court of Mahabad, headed by Judge Gholam Karimkhani. He was tried on the charge of alleged armed conflict with IRGC’s forces.

At the same time, the Criminal Court of Mahabad City sentenced Hossein Alvand-Koohi, resident of Mahabad City, to 10 years in prison on the same charge as Agooshi.

Agooshi has previously been faced with arrest and conviction. On August 31, 2019, he was injured and arrested by IRGC’s forces. Thereafter, he was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court of Piranshahr City on the charge of “membership in an anti-regime political party.”

On June 19, 2021, he was released on furlough from Naghadeh Prison with an electronic tag and restricted movement. He was finally freed on July 1, 2021.

Two Citizens Arrested in Kamyaran and Piranshahr Cities

On December 27, security forces arrested Kianoosh Rahmani in Kamyaran. The next day Karim Poormohammad was arrested in Piranshahr. Both were transferred to an unidentified location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Rahmani, a resident of Kamyaran County, was arrested after a previous summons by IRGC’s intelligence unit.

“Last Sunday, the security forces raided his house to arrest him, but he was not at home and they searched the house”, an informed source said.

As of yet, the security institution responsible for these arrests has not revealed to either family the reason for arrest, the charges or their whereabouts.