Urmia; Mamosta Mohammad Khezrnejad was sentenced to death and 16 years in prison for "corruption on earth"

23:48 - 14 February 2024

Mamosta Mohammad Khezrnejad, a Kurdish cleric from Bokan who was arrested by security forces during the revolutionary uprising of Jin, Jiyan, Azadi, was sentenced to death and 16 years in prison by the third branch of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia, headed by Judge "Reza Najafzadeh", on charges of "corruption on earth", "acting against national security by harming the integrity or independence of the country" and "propaganda against the system".

According to a source close to Kurdpa, the court based its verdict on forced confessions obtained by the Ministry of Intelligence, and accused the Kurdish cleric of having links with extremist religious groups, leading the protests in Bokan and causing damage to public facilities.

The source added; that the last trial of this Kurdish cleric was held in November 2023 by video conference and without access to a lawyer in the third branch of the Revolutionary Court of Urmia, and after four short court sessions, the court sentenced him to death and 16 years in prison.

The source stated: that Mamosta Mohammad Khezrnejad rejected all the charges in court objected to the verdict issued by the court of first instance and referred the case to the Court of Appeal for interrogation.

The source continued: This Kurdish cleric was severely tortured mentally and physically for three and a half months in solitary confinement in the detention center of the Urmia Intelligence Department to obtain forced confessions.

Mamosta Mohammad Khezrnejad was arrested on November 19, 2022, along with his son Yasser, by the use of violence by security forces in Bokan. The arrest of this Kurdish cleric took place after his speech at the funeral of Asad Rahimi, one of the victims of the protests in Bokan.

This cleric was transferred to the Urmia Intelligence Department for interrogation and after completing the interrogation stages, he was transferred to the prison of this city.

Mamosta Mohammad Khezrrnejad, during the revolutionary uprising of Jin, Jiyan, Azadi, by participating in the funeral and memorial of the victims of the protests, expressed sympathy with the families of the victims, called for a halt to the killing of civilians and said "instead of using repressive force, think of a logical solution and solve the problems, we all know that violence and killing do not lead anywhere."

Also, on October 3, 2022, this Kurdish cleric, along with 453 other clerics, signed a statement in support of the revolutionary uprising of Jin, Jiyan, Azadi, stating: "We, as a group of Sunni scholars from the Kurdish regions, while expressing our strong support for the legitimate and legal demands of the people, strongly condemn the violence, arrest, murder, and massacre of the protesters, and while praying for the martyrs of the recent events and expressing sympathy with their survivors, we express our condolences and condolences to the entire nation of Iran, who are oppressed and oppressed."

Mamosta Mohammad Khezrnejad has been interrogated several times by security agencies over the past 20 years and has been expelled from the congregational mosques of Sanandaj and Bokan by the order of the Islamic Center of the West of the country and security agencies.