Mohammad Moradi, a Kurdish resident of Piranshahr who has been in custody since May last year, has announced his hunger strike in Naqadeh prison, a close relative of the detainee told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) in an interview.
According to this source, Mohammad Moradi has gone on hunger in Ward 3 of Naqadeh prison since February 11 in protest against the uncertainty about his situation and postponement of his trial from May 18, 2020, to July.
The Kurdish civilian was arrested by the IRGC intelligence unit on April 22, 2019, when he was returning to Iran at the Keleh Border Crossing of Sardasht even though his family had made the necessary arrangements with the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) in Piranshahr.
Mohammad Moradi has been subjected to severe torture for 45 days at the detention center run by the IRGC Intelligence Unit in Orumiyeh for the forced confession of “membership in the Democratic Party of Kurdistan” and returning to Iran for armed operations.
According to the reliable source, the detainee is currently in serious condition due to injuries sustained by the torture inflicted on him and suffers from several illnesses. He has been deprived of medical treatment so far.
His first trial was held in September 2019 without the presence of a lawyer at branch 1 of the Mahabad Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Javad Gholami. The court heard charges against him of “membership in conflicting populations of the country” and “illegal exit”, but no court ruling has been issued so far.
He has denied all charges during his trial and he has repeatedly stated that these confessions were taken under torture and coercion and he did not sign his confessions. He had applied to the Piranshahr Court several times in 2019 for the annulment of “temporary detention order,” but the court has rejected his application.
Judge Javad Gholami has met Moradi twice in Naqadeh Prison and promised him to annual his punishment in return of cooperation with IRGC against Kurdish opposition parties and accepted charges from him. The IRGC Intelligence Unit has set a condition for ending the uncertainty about his case but he has refused to cooperate.
35-year-old Mohammad Moradi is married with two children. He is also the brother of two Kolbars, Sadegh Moradi and Abdul Rahman Moradi, who was killed in October last year due to being shot and tortured by IRGC in the Koran border area of Qandil.