According to Kurdpa, the Special Clerical Court in Urmia has handed down prison sentences totaling 11 years to Sunni clerics Younes Nokhah, Seyed Soleiman Ahmadi, Sharif Mahmoud-Pour, and Seyed Jamaleddin Vazhi.
Under this ruling, Nokhah received three years, Ahmadi four years, Mahmoud-Pour two years, and Vazhi two years. The charges levied against them include “acting against national security” and “disturbing public opinion.”
On January 23, 2023, Vazhi and Mahmoud-Pour were arrested by security forces in Piranshahr, and subsequently released on bail after a period of detention. The following day, Nokhah and Ahmadi were apprehended on the Piranshahr to Passveh road without a visible arrest warrant. They were then transferred from the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention facility in Urmia to Urmia Prison. Nokhah, who spent 23 days in detention, faced denial of legal representation and family visits during this period.
Additionally, Nokhah has received a separate sentence of defrocking and 58 months and 15 days from the Special Clerical Court of Tabriz.
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.
On November 19, 2023, Hidi Yousefi Aghdam, 16, and Farzin Nabi, 14, were apprehended separately by security forces in Piranshahr and subsequently transported to undisclosed locations, according to Kurdpa.
Yousefi Aghdam was taken into custody at his parent’s residence without the presentation of an arrest warrant. In Nabi’s case, the arrest occurred at his workplace, where agents reportedly used violence during the apprehension.
As of now, the reasons behind their arrests and their current whereabouts remain unknown.
In a recent verdict issued by the Mahabad Revolutionary Court, Taha Rasoulian, a resident of Piranshahr, has been handed a sentence of seven years and three months, according to a report from Kurdpa.
This sentence encompasses three years for “membership in a political opposition party,” three years and seven months for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and an additional eight months for “spreading propaganda against the regime,” culminating in a total imprisonment period of seven years and three months.
Taha Rasoulian’s legal ordeal commenced with his arrest in Piranshahr on January 18, 2023, followed by his release on February 21, 2023.
In a separate legal case, in May 2023, Rasoulian faced a sentence from the Piranshahr Criminal Court, resulting in a fine and a punishment of 40 lashes, stemming from allegations of “disrupting public order and safety.”
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.
Mahabad Revolutionary Court and Piranshahr Criminal Court have imposed a seven-year, eight-month prison sentence and fine on Fereydoon Nabi.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, sourced from Kurdpa, Fereydoon Nabi has been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment along with a financial penalty.
The Mahabad Revolutionary Court handed down a three-year, seven-month sentence for “assembly and collusion against national security,” a two-year, eleven-month sentence for “membership in an anti-regime political party,” and an additional eight-month sentence for “propaganda against the regime.” Pursuant to Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, the three-year, seven-month prison term will be enforceable.
Furthermore, the Piranshahr Criminal Court has sentenced Nabi to six months in prison and a fine for “carrying an illegal weapon and throwing a Molotov cocktail.”
On October 29, 2022, security forces arrested Nabi at his family residence in Piranshahr without presenting an arrest warrant. After two days of interrogation at a detention facility in Urmia, he was subsequently incarcerated in Naghadeh Prison. Nabi was eventually released on bail on May 9, 2023.
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.
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.
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.
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.