ICHRI: A local source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that on September 29, several Sunni Kurds who have been inside Evin and Rajaee Shahr Prisons in a state of limbo for a number of years, were put on trial at Branch 28 of Tehran Revolutionary Court, under Judge Moghisseh, without a chance to choose a lawyer, and were all sentenced to long prison terms.
The source told the Campaign that "Karikar Vali Hassan, 18, a resident of Javanrood township in Kermanshah Province, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and Omar Karim, also of Javanrood, was sentenced to eight years in prison and Mohiaddin Aziz, a resident of Sanandaj was sentenced to eight years in prison. According to the source, Karikar Vali was only 15 at the time of his arrest and three years after imprisonment in Evin and Rajaee Shahr Prisons without access to a lawyer, Branch 28 sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Nejad Omar Karim is related to Kariar Vali Hassan.
The local source told the Campaign that the three prisoners were arrested along with a large group of other Kurdish Sunni religious activists during the past three years in Javanrood and Sanandaj, transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison, and charged with proselytizing for extremist religious groups and for their membership in those groups. "These individuals have been kept in a group in a state of limbo inside Evin and Rajaee Shahr Prisons. Most of these prisoners who were Sunni religious activists inside the Kurdish, Sistani and Baluch areas, are kept inside Ward 4, Hall 10 or Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, and most of them have been waiting for their trial court for the past several years," said the source.
"After the US attack on Iraq, some members of Jond-e Islam, an extremist Sunni group (also known as Salafist groups) who live in the border area of Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran, fled to Iran and were able to recruit several individuals in this region due to the relative freedom their members have for their proselytizing activities. In their early activities, the group's main objective was to perform Jihad against the US, but during the past few years, member of the group have carried out operations against Islamic Republic forces. Their most outstanding activities over the past several years were assassinations of several Sunni clerics in Sanandaj in 2009, where Islamic Republic intelligence organizations referred to the perpetrators of the terrorist acts as "Salafist groups," the source told the Campaign.
Earlier, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran published for the first time names of 10 death-row inmates inside Ward 4, Hall 10 of Rajaee Shahr Prison, who had been sentenced to death for membership in extremist religious groups.
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