Iran: Six Kurdish political prisoners sentenced to 190 years in prison
By Kaveh Taheri
March 16, Tehran: Six Kurdish political prisoners Mohammad-Hussein Rezai, Kamal Sharifi , Afshin Sohrabzadeh, Fardin (Fakhr al-Din) Faraji, Changiz Ghadamkheyr and Ayoub Asadi have been sentenced to a collective total of 190 years in prison, according to reports .
According to BCR group, they have been sentenced to 40 years exile in Masjed Soleyman prison in Khuzestan Province, 30 years exile in Tabas prison in South Khorasan Province and 20 years exile in Kashmar prison in Razavi Khorasan Province.
Mohammad-Hussein (Khosrow) Rezai, 31, was reportedly detained along with Fardin (Fakhr al-Din) Faraji, Changiz Ghadamkheyr and Ayoub Asadi on the vague charges of Moharebeh (enmity against God) in a village of Sanandaj city on 2011. He was sentenced to prison at Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj chaired by Judge Babai on August 11, 2012.
He was sentenced to 30 years exiled in Minab prison, afterwards, judicial authorities flung out his former suspended sentence against Mr. Rezai that the total penalty would be 45 years. He was finally transferred to Minab prison from Central Sanandaj prison to serve his prison term on April 2013.
Furthermore, the biased judge had no mercy for the other inmates holding prison term in exile at the same time in the same court. Changiz Ghadamkheyr was sentenced to 40 years exile in Masjed Soleyman prison in Khuzestan Province, Fardin Faraji to 30 years exile in Tabas prison in South Khorasan Province and Ayoub Asadi to 20 years exile in Kashmar prison in Razavi Khorasan Province.
Kamal Sharifi, 43, son of Bayazid, was arrested on May 25, 2008, and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment in exile at Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Saqqez County in Kurdistan Province and transferred to Minab prison. According to reports, he was apparently detained in a raid at the house of a bookman by IRGC officials. The Bookman was allegedly shot to death, the rights groups said.
He had committed long-term hunger strike to protest against his critical condition in the notorious Minab prison, because of which, he suffers from the digestive disorders.
Previously, he, a Kurdish journalist, was arrested on the vague charges of biased activities with Kurdish opposition parties and sentenced to a year imprisonment and 40 lashes at the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Saqqez in the 80s.
Kamal was previously convicted to death along with Shirkoh Ma’arefi, who was hanged, although, his sentence has been reduced to a prison term in exile without accessing his relatives. Judge Shayegh held its charges against him for Moharebeh (enmity against God) in the self-proclaimed court in a couple of minutes, human rights activists declared.
He has been kept amongst dangerous criminal imprisoned for serious offences such as murder, rape, drug smuggling, fraud and forgery and has not been given the right to conditional release.
Afshin Sohrabzadeh, 24, was arrested by Intelligence Service officials in Kamyaran County on June 8, 2010, and transferred to Sanandaj prison after a while.
He was sentenced to 25 years in exiled prison at Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj for membership of Kurdish opposition parties.
Afshin Sohrabzadeh, the 24-year-old Kurdish man, one of the Kurdish prisoners who is held in Minab Prison is at imminent risk of death due to intestine cancer and internal bleeding, rights groups said. Sohrabzadeh who is suffering from intestinal cancer and internal bleeding, was transferred to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran from Minab prison for medical services. Officials returned him back to Minab prison after a Kurdistan Persecutor’s decision without treatment., Human Rights Defenders Association of Kurdistan reported.
According to his family, his body’s immune system has severely depleted as a result of the cancer, but the officials have allegedly refused him rights to medical exemption from prison. Previously, a reliable specialist closed to the Medical Commission of the Hormozgan Province Prisons said that it isn’t appropriate for Sohrabzadeh’s to stay in prison under these circumstances.
Mr. Sohrabzadeh, from Kermanshah, was arrested by Intelligence Service officials in Kamyaran city on 8 June 2010. Branch 2 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj city held him on the charges of “Moharebeh” (waging war against God) through membership in one of the opponent Kurdish Parties known as Komoleh, and sentenced him to 25 years in prison at Minab prison in Feb 2012. He had reportedly experienced severe torture during his interrogation in the chambers by Deputy Intelligence Service of Kamyaran; his nose is broken.After which Officials apparently transferred him to Rajai Shahr prison, where due to the physical torture his hernia.
The Human Rights Defenders Association of Kurdistan has asked Iran’s authorities to attempt to unconditional release of Mr. Afshin Sohrabzadeh and facilitate medical treatment in an equipped clinic.
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