Kurdish political prisoner went on a hunger strike on 16 October at the central prison in Yazd in protest to the authoritie’s refusal to enforce the order of the Supreme Court regarding his 7-year imprisonment sentence, a source told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). 

Political prisoner Ghader Mohammad Zadeh, who has been in prison for the past 14 years, was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment for “moharebeh” -waging war against God-, and he had also been sentenced to Qisas (retaliation in-kind) for “premeditated murder” in addition to seven years of imprisonment in account of the public aspect of the offence. The Qisas sentence was later reviewed by the Supreme Court which reduced Qisas sentence by payment of Diyah (Blood Money).

“Despite the nullification of the 7-year prison sentence on account of the public aspect of his offence, premeditated murder by the Supreme Court, the prisoner has been informed that he had to serve the 7-year prison sentence,” the KHRN has learned.

Mohammad Zadehwas finally transferred to the Yazd Central Prison to endure his 20 years of imprisonment with exile on April 7, 2019. 

Mohammad Zadeh was arrested along with Mohammad Amin Abdollahi in 2005 by security forces in Bokan. These two political prisoners were taken to the Orumiyeh Central Prison after being detained in the solitary confinement cells of the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Centre in Mahabad and Orumiyeh cities. Finally, after 15 months of uncertainty about their situation, the two political prisoners went on trial at Branch 1 of Revolutionary Court in Mahabad on the charge of Moharebeh, as well as on charges of “membership in one of the opposition parties and murder of Iranian military officers.” 

Mohammad Zadehhas been deprived of any furloughs and conditional release, and he had been on hunger strike twice for more than three weeks in March and May 2018 in protest to the transfer to the Labour and Safe ward.