Kurdish Writer and Researcher Mozhgan Kavousi Commences 39-Month Prison Term

Mozhgan Kavousi, a Kurdish writer and researcher hailing from Kelardasht in Maz

19 December 2023 20:21


Hengaw: Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Mozhgan Kavousi, a Kurdish writer and researcher hailing from Kelardasht in Mazandaran province, has been apprehended and relocated to Tankabon prison to commence a 39-month imprisonment term.

According to a report received by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, Mozhgan Kavousi, a Kurdish researcher and Yarsan adherent, responded to a summons from the Criminal Court on Monday, December 18, 2023, to execute a 39-month sentence. Subsequent to her arrest, she was transferred to Tonekabon prison in Mazandaran province.

Previously, the first branch of the Sary Revolutionary Court sentenced Mozhgan Kavousi to a 39-month prison sentence on charges of "gathering and collusion against the security of the country." She also faced charges of "insulting Khamenei," resulting in a 15-month and one-day prison term, and "propaganda activity against the government," leading to an 8-month imprisonment. The Consolidation of Sentences Law was applied, resulting in the imposition of the harshest penalty—39 months of imprisonment, accounting for previous detention days.

This Kurdish activist had been released from Qaemshahr prison on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, after spending 104 days in custody, with bail amounting to three billion Tomans until the conclusion of legal proceedings.

Mozhgan Kavousi was arrested on Thursday, September 22, the previous year, at her residence in Kelardasht. Subsequently, she was transferred from the security institutions' detention center to Tonekabon prison.

It is noteworthy that during her detention last year, the researcher faced an accusation of "corruption on earth," which she was eventually acquitted of.

Mozhgan Kavousi had previously been detained in November 2019 by security forces for her activities and was released from Kajoi Karaj Prison upon completing her sentence.

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