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The Appeals Court Has Sentenced Journalists and HR activist Kurdpour Brothers To Imprisonment

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A year after their arrest, journalist brothers, Masoud and Khosro Kurdpour have been sentenced to imprisonment by the Appeals Court.

Khosro Kurdpour was arrested on March 7, 2013 in Mahabad, and two days later his brother Masoud was arrested after going to the Intelligence Ministry’s office in Mahabad to do a follow up on his brother’s case.

After 8 months of imprisonment, Masoud and Khosro Kurdpour were put on trial by the Revolutionary Court in Mahabad, presided by Judge Javad Kiya, and after 3 trial sessions they were sentenced to a total of 9.5 years imprisonment.

Masoud Kurdpour was sentenced to a total of three and a half years. 3 years on the charge of “assembly and collusion with intend to act against the national security”, plus six months on the charge of “propaganda against the regime”.

Khosro Kurdpour was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment on the charge of “involvement in assembling groups for the purpose of protests”, and one year imprisonment on the charge of “propaganda against the regime” and 2 years forced exile living in the city of Kerman.

Osman Mozayen, one of Kurdpour brothers’ lawyers, wrote in a post on his Facebook, “Khosro Kurdpour’s sentence has been reduced to 5 years imprisonment, to be served in Tabriz prison, and Masoud Kurdpour’s sentenced reduced to 3 years imprisonment”.

He also said that despite numerous requests by the Kurdpour brothers for a furlough, their request has been rejected each time by the court.

Source: Kurdpa

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Kurdish Journalists/HR Activists Brothers Masoud And Khosro Kurdpour Sentenced To Imprisonment

Khosro & Masoud Kurdpour

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.

Source: Mukrian