KHRN: Two Kurdish Political Prisoners Executed at Orumiyeh Central Prison

Two Kurdish political prisoners Saber Sheikh Abdullah and Diako Rasoulzadeh were hanged at early morning on July 14 in the prison yard of Orumiyeh Central Prison, A reliable source in Orumiyeh told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

They were transferred to solitary confinement from ward 2-1 on July 13. The bodies of the two political prisoners are said to have not been handed over to their families so far.

Diako Rasoulzadeh was arrested by security agents in Mahabad on February 25, 2014 and Saber Sheikh Abdullah on March 15, 2014. Also, another kurdish civilian of Mahabad named Hossein Osmani was arrested on February 23, 2014 after being summoned to the Mahabad Intelligence Office.

These individuals were subjected to severe physical and psychological pressure and torture for a year in the detention centre of the Orumiyeh Intelligence Office in order to make forced confessions to participating in the Mahabad bombing that took place in September 2010. Both aforementioned prisoners were eventually forced to make televised confessions broadcasted by Press TV in September 2014.

The charge of bombing and the dissemination of these forced confessions took place three years prior to the confessions. On October 25, 2010, Mohammad Pakpour, the commander of Islamic Republic Guard Corps (IRGC) ground forces, announced that “the main and pivotal elements” of the bombing had been killed.Diako Rasoulzadeh and Saber Sheikh Abdullah were sentenced to death on April 7, 2015, and Hossein Osmani was sentenced to death on March 3, 2014.

They were charged with “Moharebeh” through membership in the Komala Party and participation in the bombing by Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Mahabad, headed by Judge Ahmad Javadikia. Upon contesting the verdict by the defendants and their lawyers, the dossiers of these three political prisoners were referred to Branch 47 of the Supreme Court and subsequently sent to the Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh for reconsideration but Saber Sheikh Abdullah and Diako Rasoulzadeh were sentenced to death for the second time.