Posted News: Thu, Dec 14th, 2017
News Code: 893

3 Sunni Prisoners on Trial in Urmia


MAF NEWS – Anvar Khezri, Kamran Shikhe and Khosro Besharat three Sunni prisoners who have been jailed since 2009 and their death sentences were rejected by the Supreme Court in 2016, were transferred to Urmia prison from Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj to be tried again.


According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Anvar Khezri, Kamran Shikhe and Khosro Besharat three Sunni prisoners who along with Davood Abdollahi, Farhad Salimi, Ghasem Abbeste and Ayoub Karimi have been jailed since December 7, 2009, were transferred to Urmia prison from Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj.

The three detainees who were jailed eight years earlier were sentenced to death which was rejected by the Supreme Court in 2016 and the case was referred to another branch for review.

Three Sunni prisoners have been transferred to the central prison of Urmia to attend the Revolutionary Court of Urmia.

These Sunni prisoners were accused of charges such as “acting against national security”, “propaganda against the regime,” “membership in Salafist groups,” “corruption on earth” and “Moharebeh” by the security apparatus, although the details and activities have not been clarified by the fficials and judicial organs.

According to information provided to HRANA, the defendants have denied the charge of engaging in violent struggles and argued that they were arrested only because of their beliefs and activities, such as attending religious meetings and broadcasting religious material.