Branch Two of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh has sentenced Kurdish political prisoner Nayeb Askari again to death on charges of “enmity against God” (moharebeh) through “membership” in the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK).
In 2018, the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh sentenced him to death on the same charge in absentia.
The sentence was overturned after his appeal against the ruling and was referred to the second branch of the court.
The recent verdict was communicated to the political prisoner’s lawyer on 15 April.
Askari suffers from kidney stone disease and despite the advice of the prison doctors to send him to a hospital outside the prison, he has been denied access to proper medical treatment due to the opposition of prison officials.
Askari was arrested in Orumiyeh on 24 March 2021 by the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
He was sent to Orumiyeh Central Prison after spending three months in the detention facility of the IRGC’s intelligence organisation.
He lived in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for several years before his arrest.
In 2018, during his stay in the Kurdistan Region, the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh sentenced him to death in absentia.
The court charged him with “enmity against God” (Moharebeh) through “membership” in the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK).
In August 2021, a court sentenced Askari and two other Kurdish political prisoners, Keyhan Mokarram and Nayeb Hajizadeh, to 50 lashes and three months in prison.
The sentence came after the head of Orumiyeh Central Prison filed a complaint, accusing the prisoners of “disrupting the prison order” due to their involvement in a fight between several political prisoners and general crime prisoners.
The case was filed following general crime prisoners’ beating of a Kurdish political prisoner.
On 26 July 2021, Askari went on a hunger strike to protest against the judicial authorities’ failure to issue an order for transferring him to a hospital outside the prison for treatment.