“On Wednesday, Aug 12, the second trial of Alireza Rasouli, a Kurdish political prisoner, was held with the presence of a special intelligence expert at the Revolutionary Court (branch 1) of Mahabad headed by Judge Mohammadi Khah. In this meeting, the expert of the Mahabad Intelligence said that the afore-mentioned political prisoner had contacted the media and human rights organisations abroad and had been involved in the unrests in Mahabad,” An informed source told Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).
According to this source, the court hearing was held without the presence of a lawyer and the judge charged Rasouli with collusion against national security and communication with the media abroad. It is noteworthy that Rasouli was in Mahabad Prison at the time of the unrest in Mahabad. The judge heading the previous court hearing of this political prisoner on Aug 2 adjourned the hearing because he did not agree with the claim made by the Ministry of Intelligence regarding the involvement of the afore-mentioned prisoner in Mahabad unrest and communication with media abroad. Consequently, the judge asked the expert of the Mahabad Intelligence Office to provide more details about the alleged charges of Rasouli.
Alireza Rasouli, arrested on April 2, 2012, was transferred from Mahabad Prison to Intelligence Detention Centre of Mahabad a day after Mahabad unrest and interrogated in connection with the media.
He started his hunger strike in protest to the authorities refusing to accept his requests for being transferred to a hospital after progression of his illness. On Tuesday, June 9, he was summoned to the office of prison’s director and then transferred to solitary confinement at Mahabad prison after three hours of interrogation by intelligence service forces
During his time in the solitary confinement, the political prisoner was deprived of the right to visit and contact his family. Moreover, he was transferred to the prison’s clinic several times due to his critical health condition and eventually terminated his hunger strike at the request of political prisoners and his friends.
“On Monday, June 28, he was returned to the public ward after spending 20 days in solitary confinement. On July 24, he was transferred from prison to branch 2 of the interrogation office headed by Judge Zaheri, and he was charged with propaganda and action against the national security through communication with media.
Alireza Rasuli was arrested in January 2013 along with several other Kurdish activists in Mahabad who were arrested on charges of distributing leaflets on World Mother Language Day and participating in Shinabad children’s support gatherings. Alireza Rasouli was sentenced to three and a half years by the Mahabad Revolutionary Court on charges of acting against national security. Later, in March 2013, the Revolutionary Court of Sardasht sentenced him to a 91-day jail term in a separate case on charges of illegally leaving the border. Due to severe lung infection and pelvic inflammation, he has been in a poor health condition and the prison doctors have continuously warned him against spreading the infection to other parts of his body. However, each time the Mahabad Intelligence Office has refused to give any furlough to this prisoner or send him to hospital on the pretext of security concerns. The political prisoner has been on hunger strike 3 times in protest to medical negligence and not being transferred to hospital despite his serious illness.
Last November, he was on hunger strike in Orumiyeh Central Prison for 49 days and ended his strike after the authorities promised to give him a medical furlough. Late last year, after heightened pressure on Kurdish political prisoners in Ward 12 of the Central Prison of Orumiyeh, and the transfer of 6 death row political prisoners to different prisons, he was transferred to Mahabad Prison with Khezr Rasool Maravet, another Kurdish political prisoner.