Kurdish civilian from Orumiyeh

Detention date: June 2011

Charged with: Membership in the PKK

Sentence: Seven years in prison

Current status: Released on 7 June 2017

Kurdish civilian Ghadrieh Ghaderi – a citizen of Iran and Turkey – was detained by security forces on 8 June 2010 in Orumiyeh. She was interrogated in the detention centre of the Ministry of Intelligence in Orumiyeh for about three months, being accused of “membership in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)”.

After the interrogation period, she was taken to Orumiyeh Central Prison.

In 2011, Ghaderi was sentenced to “10 years in prison” on charges of “membership in the PKK” by Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh, presided over by Judge Darvishi. She was denied her right to have a lawyer.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Orumiyeh appealed against the verdict and demanded it to be issued on the charge of “enmity against God”, which is considered a capital crime according to the Iranian Islamic Penal Code.

The case was then referred to Branch 2 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh. After three court hearings, Judge Sheikhlou, the head of Branch 2 of this court, sentenced Ghaderi to “seven years internal exile in Yasuj Prison”. The sentence was upheld by the Court of Appeals in Orumiyeh.

In another case, the Public Court of Orumiyeh sentenced Ghaderi to “one-year imprisonment” on charges of “illegal exit from the country”.

The judge also, without examining the identity documents of this Iranian-Turkish Kurdish civilian and despite knowing that her family members have been given Iranian citizenship and resided in Orumiyeh for more than twenty years, surprisingly sentenced her to “deportation after the end of her prison sentence”.

Due to the follow-ups of her family, the Enforcement of Judgements Department of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh announced the suspension of Ghaderi’s deportation sentence based on Article 134.

And the Enforcement of Judgements Department of the Juvenile Detention Centre of Yasuj announced the date of her release as 16 May 2015.

After her eight-year imprisonment sentence was approved, Ghaderi was exiled from Orumiyeh Central Prison to Madavan Juvenile Detention Centre in Yasuj on 4 August 2013.

During this period, she suffered from “numbness and severe pain in her left hand and ear” and due to the medical restrictions in this prison, it was not possible for her to receive proper treatment.

In September 2015, after five years of imprisonment, she was sent on medical leave for 15 days with the consent of the prison authorities and Yasuj prosecutor but was returned to prison without completing her treatment.

Later, despite her father’s death and her need for medical treatment, her leave was terminated due to a disagreement between the prosecutor’s office and the office of the intelligence ministry in Orumiyeh.

On 16 May 2017, after completing her seven-year sentence, Ghaderi was transferred to the detention centre of the foreign nationals department at the Orumiyeh police station.

Following a court inquiry from the Civil Registry Office and the Identification Department of the Ministry of Intelligence in Orumiyeh, they found out that she was an Iranian-Turkish citizen and all members of her family lived in Orumiyeh.

After the cancellation of her deportation order to Turkey and despite the fact that her sentence had ended, one of the officials of the Execution of Judgements Office of Orumiyeh court named Karami stated that her release was conditional on written consent by the office of the intelligence ministry in Orumiyeh, on the pretext that it was a security case.

Ghaderi was finally released on 7 June 2017 after a 23-day delay.