A Kurdish Citizen of Turkey named Hatem Ozdemir has been transferred to one of the branches of the Khoy Revolutionary Court on January 05. He was charged with “rebellion through membership in the Kurdish armed parties”. He was then taken back to Orumiyeh Central Prison, an informed source told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).
He had been transferred to the Intelligence Unit of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Orumiyeh from the Orumiyeh Central Prison to the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Centre in Khoy.Per Article 287 of the Islamic Penal Code, the blasphemy charge of Baqŷ (Rebellion) refers to “Any group whose members wages armed rebellion against the state of the Islamic Republic of Iran, shall be regarded as moharebs. If members of such groups use weaponry, they will be sentenced to the death penalty.”
Hatem Ozdemir was arrested on the night of July 2, 2019 during an armed clash between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the forces of the Hamza Seyed al-Shohada camp in Orumiyeh.
He was transferred to the IRGC Detention Centre in Orumiyeh while he was unconscious after being shot by a mortar shell.On August 19, this Kurdish citizen was transferred to the Orumiyeh Central Prison at the end of the interrogation. He was abruptly returned to the Orumiyeh Intelligence Office on September 18 and returned to the Orumiyeh Central Prison after appearing at the Maku Revolutionary Court on September 21.
He was charged with “membership in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)”.