After 250 days of limbo status in prison, on Saturday November 10, 2013, the Mahabad Revolutionary Court issued it’s ruling and sentenced Masoud and Khosro Kurdpour to imprisonment and forced exile.
Khosro Khosravi, one the defense attorneys in this case told Mukrian news that, “Based on the Islamic Republic’s Penal Code, Articles 500 and 600, the Kurdpour brothers were convicted on charges of assembly and collusion with intent to act against the national security, and propaganda against the establishment.”
According to Khosro Khosravi, Masoud Kurdpour was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment on charges of assembly and collusion with intend to act against the national security, and sentenced to 6 months on charges of propaganda against the establishment for a total of 3 1/2 years imprisonment.
Khosro Kurdpour, the managing director of Mukrian news agency, was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment on charges of assembly and collusion with intent to act against the national security, and 1 year imprisonment on charges of propaganda against the establishment.
Khosravi also added that Khosro Kurdpour’s sentence includes 2 years forced living in Kerman, based on Article 23 of the Islamic Republic’s Penal Code to prohibit him from association with others, and 5 years imprisonment to be served in Tabriz prison due to security concerns in Mahabad prison.
Osman Mozayen, another one of the Kurdpour brothers’ defense attorneys said, “During the trial no reference was made to the “Classified” documents referred to in the sentences issued by court, and the defendants and their attorneys were not aware of, nor were shown such documents.
Therefore, sentences issued based on such documents are contrary to the principle of defending the defendants and a violation of their rights.
Mozayen added, “The lower court’s justification for exiling Khosro Kurdpour to Tabriz prison lacks any prove of my client’s disturbing the security in Mahabad prison. Also we should not forget that exiling a prisoner causes pressure on, and also punishes the families and relatives of the defendant, which is inconsistent with the principle of only the defendant being punished.