Kurdish political prisoner Kamal Hassan Ramazan Solo was released from Orumiyeh Central Prison after serving six years in prison. He was in danger of execution in the past few years due to the death sentence issued in absentia for another person named Kamal Sur in 2010. However, following submission of evidence by the prisoner’s lawyer known as Mohammad Saleh Nikbakht”, the dossier of his case was finally closed last week after a few years and the Kurdish political prisoner was released from prison.

Kamal Hassan Ramadan was transferred from Orumiyeh Central Prison to the Detention Center of Islamic Republic Guard Corps (IRGC) in Tehran on July 16, 2020, following the issuance of an order for his release and he was sent to Damascus via Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport yesterday, an informed source told Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

“Since my client’s prison sentence is nearly complete, I was told in a telephone conversation with the Office of Enforcement a few days ago that there was no problem with his release. The usual procedure for releasing prisoners is to inform the person that he or she would be released in order to allow the prisoner time to collect his or her clothing and equipment. However, Kamal Hassan Ramadan has not advised to do so yet and this is what worries me.”, Mohammad Saleh Nikbakht, told KHRN in June this year after the transfer of this political prisoner to a security detention center in Orumiyeh.

The lawyer also referred to the sentence of “Moharebeh” and the death sentence attributed to Kamal Hassan Ramadan due to the similarity of his name with another person. He urged human rights activists and organizations not to raise the issue as if he had been taken for enforcement of the sentence since another trial must take place even if the authorities still insist that the sentence of Hassan Ramadan must be enforced because this person has been sentenced to death in absentia. He also mentioned that if another trial is held, the sentence will certainly not be carried out.

Kamal Hassan Ramazan, a Syrian citizen, was arrested by security forces on 28 August 2014 and initially sentenced to 10 years in prison for membership in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The sentence was reduced to seven years in prison per the law of Submission to the Verdict because the defendant did not contest the verdict.