IRAN: KURDISH POLITICAL PRISONER SAMAN KARIMI SENTENCED TO DEATH
May 14, 2020:
A Kurdish citizen from Baneh, Saman Karimi, son of Mohammad Saleh, has been sentenced to death and thirteen years in prison by Branch One of the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Saeedi, on charges of "membership in the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI)", Hengaw reported on 10 May 2020. (Source: Hengaw, 10/05/2020)
He has objected to the verdict and his case has been referred to the provincial court of appeal. According to a report received to Hengaw, Saman Karimi was arrested by the intelligence guards in mid-2018 and sentenced to death in the winter of 2019. He is currently being held in Sanandaj Central Prison. Saman was arrested after an armed clash in the village of Zarvaw, in Baneh city on 10 May 2018. The death sentence was handed down while the “Zagros Eagles Group” close to the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), claimed responsibility for the attack. Hengaw is trying to release more information about the political prisoner's case in future reports. Hengaw is an Independent Human Right Organization reporting on the human rights violations in Kurdistan.