A Kurdish political prisoner left Iran

10:38 - 26 November 2019

 Kurdpa Agency: A Kurdish political prisoner from Oshnavieh has left Iran due to pressure from Kerman Central Prison officials.

 In recent days, according to a report released by the Kurdistan Press Agency, Tahir Khorshidi, a Kurdish political prisoner detained in the Kerman Central Prison and from the city of Oshnavieh, has left Iran.

 In a telephone interview with Kurdpa Agency, Tahir Khorshidi said: After arriving on leave of absence, he refused to go to Kerman Central Prison and is currently in one of Iran's neighboring countries.

 This Kurdish political prisoner said that the court-martial in Urmia and the court in Kerman had agreed to release him on bail of 700 million Tomans.

 He said that Kerman Central Prison officials had been pressuring political prisoners on various pretexts for and had agreed to grant him leave after a hunger strike.

 On Sunday, September 29th, this political prisoner, along with two other political prisoners, Farough Sharoviriani and Amir Payghami, went on strike due to the pressure from Kerman prison guard's inappropriate behavior.

 These three Kurdish political prisoners were sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison and exiled to Kerman prison by court-martial on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017.

 Taher Khorshidi was sentenced to seven years in discretionary imprisonment, Amir Payghami to four years in discretionary imprisonment, and Farough Sharoviriani to four years in discretionary imprisonment, according to the verdict issued on Saturday, December 16th, 2017. The Urmia court-martial has charged the three Kurdish citizens with "cooperating with the Kurdish opposition parties of the Iranian government."

 On Monday, January 22nd, 2018, Taher Khorshidi and Farough Sharoviriani were banished from Urmia Prison to Kerman Prison and Amir Payghami also on Monday, July 16th, 2019 was banished to Kerman Prison.