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Kurdish Student Handed 15-Year Jail Term

Posted by Zand-Bon on Feb 28th, 2010 and filed under Human Rights, Photos, Sections. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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February 27, 2010

A court in the Kurdish city of Sanadaj sentenced Ali Kantoori, a leftist student activist, to 15 years in prison.

RAHANA – Kantoori’s lawyer was notified of the 15-year prison sentence on February 23. The student activist and his lawyer have 20 days to file an appeal. During his trial, Kantoori denied all charges, and, according to his lawyer, there was no evidence in the file that pointed to his guilt.

According to CHRR, Kantoori’s case had been originally assigned to the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran but was sent later to the Sanandaj court.

Kantoori was arrested in December of 2007 near his house in Qazvin and released on $150,000 bail after spending 5 months in the Evin and Ghezel Hesar prisons. This is the second prison sentence for the student activist, who had previously received a 32-month jail term on other national security related charges.

In August of 2009, Kantoori’s house was raided by 6 plainclothes agents who seized a number of his personal belongings after searching the house.

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