Three Kurdish protesters convicted of “canonical outlawed” an allegation could result in death sentence

In the town of Bukan, three detainees associated with the “Jin, Jian, Azadi” Movement, Kamran Solt

08 January 2024 12:39


Hengaw; Monday, January 8, 2024

In the town of Bukan, three detainees associated with the “Jin, Jian, Azadi” Movement, Kamran Soltani, Mohammad Faraji, and Rauf Sheikhmaroufi, have been accused of "canonically outlawed" by the judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran. These individuals, arrested during the Jin, Jian, Azadi Movement protests last year.

According to reports obtained by the Hengaw organization for Human Rights, Kamran Soltani 21 years old, Mohammad Faraji 21 years old, and Rauf Sheikhmaroufi 22 years old, Kurdish residents of Bukan, are at risk of execution with the grave allegations of “canonically outlawed”.

Sources indicate that during their interrogations at the Urmia Intelligence Detention Center, these three detainees endured severe physical and psychological torture in an attempt to extract forced confessions. 

Iranian security forces persistently extend their detentions and exert pressure on these detainees to portray them as involved in the killing of a government official during last year's protests, seeking to impose heavy judicial sentences on these protesters.

Rauf Sheikhahmadi was arrested on the evening of Tuesday, December 26, 2022, Mohammad Faraji on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, and Kamran Soltani on February 27, 2023, all brutally assaulted during detention by intelligence agents in Bukan and transferred to the intelligence detention center.

These individuals were transferred to Bukan Central Prison on Friday, June 10, 2023, after several months of interrogation and torture in the Urmia Intelligence Detention Center, where they are currently held without specific charges.

It is important to note that Mohammad Faraji, initially detained on Sunday, January 14, 2023, and released temporarily on February 2, 2023, was arrested again by security forces just one week after his temporary release. Hengaw had previously reported that, "Urmia Intelligence forces contacted Mr. Mohammad Faraji as an ordinary person with car problems and asking Mr. Faraji to diagnose their vehicle at a specific location. He was immediately detained and located to an unknown location by these forces upon arriving at the given address."

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