Seyed Sami Hosseini and Seyed Jamal Mohammadi, two Kurdish political prisoners in the Central Prison of Qazvin (known as the Choobindar), have been deprived of their right to leave (furlough) in their 10th year of imprisonment while so far “Article 134 of Islamic Penal Code (Aggregation of Fines) have not been implemented in their cases yet.

“Seyed Semi Hosseini and Seyed Jamal Mohammadi had been initially sentenced to death on charges of Moharebeh by Khoy Revolutionary Court. They went on a retrial in 2013 and were sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment on a number of different charges. In November 2005, they were exiled to Qazvin Central Prison from Orumiyeh Central Prison in order to endure their 10-years of imprisonment with exile”, an informed source said to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

“The request of these two political prisoners for a retrial was approved by the Supreme Court in 2012. However, Following the retrial at Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court headed by judge Chabok in 2013, they were sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and exile to Qazvin Central Prison on charges of cooperation with the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK). These two Kurdish political prisoners were also convicted of participation in murder, deliberate assault and destruction of state’s properties during the trial at branch 16 of the Criminal court in Orumiyeh in 2013 headed by judge Ibrahimi who issued two separate verdicts and they were sentenced to another 15 years of imprisonment in total. Although in accordance with the new Iranian penal code, these three verdicts should be combined, the judge of the criminal court has declared that Article 134 will only be enforced after completion of 10 years imprisonment “, the source added.

Per Article 134 of Iran’s New Islamic Penal Code, the prison term should not exceed the sentence for the charge that carries the heaviest punishment if one is convicted of multiple charges.

“Hosseini and Mohammadi almost served 10 years of imprisonment and have been deprived of furlough,” the source added.

The two Kurdish political prisoners were arrested by Salmas Security Forces on 4th June 2008 at Shahid Shirazi Inspection Stop and transferred to Salmas Intelligence Detention Centre. They were interrogated and severely tortured for three months and five days at Salmas and Orumieh Intelligence Detention centre on charges of Moharebeh. They were tortured so severely that Hosseini went into a coma for 18 days and was admitted to Imam Khomeini Hospital affiliated with the Intelligence Ministry of Orumiyeh. After completing the interrogations, Salmas intelligence agents transferred them to the Salmas Prison where the prison authorities first refused to accept them in prison due to their critical conditions but they were forced to accept these two prisoners following an official letter from the Salmas intelligence Centre.

The trial of these two political prisoners was held on Dec 4, 2008, at Branch 1 of Khoy Revolutionary Court. The judge only took a few minutes to convict them to death on charges of Moharebeh through their membership in PJAK. They appealed against this verdict but Branch 10 of the Appeal Court confirmed the verdict on Dec 12, 2009.

After the sentences were finalised and served on them, these two political prisoners were transferred from Salmas ward to Orumiyeh Central Prison where they remained until Nov 2015.