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Saturday, 11 July, 2020

Conviction of Mahabad citizen to 15 years Imprisonment

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Human Rights in Iran – On Wednesday, May 20th 2020, branch 2 of the Urmia Revolutionary Court, chaired by judge Ali Sheikhloo, through the issuance of a verdict sentenced Iraj Sufi Mohammad, a citizen of Mahabad, incarcerated in Urmia Central Prison to a total of 15 years in prison.

According to Human Rights in Iran, On Tuesday, May 19th 2020, Iraj Sufi Mohammad, son of Ibrahim, residing in Mahabad province, imprisoned in Urmia Central Prison, was sentenced by branch 2 of Urmia Revolutionary Court, headed by Ali Sheikhloo to 15 years in prison on charge of “taking activities against national security through membership in Salafi (Sunni revivalists) groups”. The verdict was announced yesterday to Iraj Sufi Mohammad in Urmia Central Prison.

The court hearing on the charge against Iraj Sufi Mohammad was held on May 16th (2020) by branch 2 of the Urmia Revolutionary Court, presided over Ali Sheikhloo.

Iraj Sufi Mohammad went on a hunger strike on March 10th 2020 in protest to his continued detention and indecision in Urmia Central Prison.

This resident of Mahabad was arrested by security forces about 8 months ago and after being interrogated and charged was transferred to Urmia Central Prison.

Sufi Mohammad had previously been sentenced to 18 months in prison about three years ago by branch 1 of the Urmia Revolutionary Court on charge of “membership in Ansar Al-Islam (AAI) Group”. After the end of his sentence in 2018, he was released from Urmia Prison.

The suppression of citizens and the imposition of restrictions on their civil rights are among the most flagrant human rights violations of freedom of expression illustrated in UDHR article 19.

Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Code stipulates that the accused shall be informed of the charges and provide access to a lawyer as soon as possible. Other defensive rights are mentioned in law, but extrajudicial actions taken by the security services violate the laws that they themselves drafted and claim to be enforced.

Individuals have the right to access a fair trial by an impartial tribunal, as enshrined in international human rights instruments, as well as article 10 of the UDHR and article 14 of ICCPR.

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