Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that 8 civilians including “Fouad Enayati”, “Ibrahim Aghaie”, “Fouad Ghahramani”, “Farhad Tarimradi”, “Ahmad Moradi”, “Pouya Feizi”, “Reza Rajai” and “Mohammad Shahbazi” have been sentenced to imprisonment and lashes by Branch 104 of the Sanandaj Criminal Court in the past few days.
Fouad Ghahramani, Ahmad Moradi and Farhad Tarimradi were each sentenced to 1 year in prison and 74 lashes for “disturbing public order through participation in an illegal gathering”. Fouad Enayati, Ibrahim Aghaie, Pouya Feizi, Reza Rajai and Mohammad Shahbazi were each sentenced to 10 months of imprisonment and 74 lashes.
The imprisonment and flogging sentences issued in respect of Fawad Enayati, Ibrahim Aghaie, Ahmad Moradi, Pouya Feizi, Reza Rajaii and Mohammad Shahbazi were suspended for two years.
They were arrested on October 14 during a rally in Sanandaj in protest to the Turkish army’s attack on north and northeast Syria (Rojava) but they were later released on bail.
Among the detained civilians, Mohammad Shahbazi and Reza Rajai are from Isfahan province while the 6 other civilians are from Sanandaj.
Earlier in February, another Sanandaj civilian, Omid Karami, was sentenced to one year in prison and 74 lashes for a similar charge by the Sanandaj Criminal Court.
The Turkish invasion of northern and northeastern Syria led to numerous protest rallies in many cities such as Orumiyeh, Khoy, Mahabad, Piranshahr, Sardasht, Bukan, Saqqez, Baneh, Marivan, Sanandaj, Dehgolan, Divandareh, Kermanshah, Javanrood, Paveh, Ravansar, Ilam and Ivan. During these rallies, at least 47 civilians were arrested and many of them were sentenced to prison terms.