MEK Iran: Kurdish Language Instructor Begins her Prison term
According to information collected by Iran Human Rights, Zara Mohammadi, a Kurdish language instructor, was denied a judicial review of her five-year sentence, which had previously been affirmed by Branch Four of the Sanandaj Court of Appeals, and her case was forwarded to implementation.
Zara teaches the Kurdish language and culture
Kani Mohammadi, Zara’s sister, told Iran Human Rights, “On 28 December 2021, Zara was informed through text that she had until January 8 to report herself to prison to begin serving her five-year sentence.” The Sanandaj Prosecutor, Hosseini, denied Zara’s Article 477 request and withdrew it from her case file without explanation.”
“Should the Head of Judiciary find any decisions made by judicial authorities contrary to Sharia, he shall request a retrial and send the case to the Supreme Court for consideration and a final decision at a special branch assigned by the Head of Judiciary,” according to Article 477 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. If the aforementioned special branches discover any Sharia violations, the previous judgment will be nullified, and they will re-examine the matter in both form and substance, and deliver a proper judgment.”
On the 2nd of December, she was released on bail
Zara Mohammadi teaches the Kurdish language and culture as a member of the Nojin Cultural Association. She was arrested on May 23, 2019, along with two other members of the Association, and while they were freed a few days later, she was held for more than six months. She later said she was forced to make false television admissions about working with Kurdish resistance groups, which she refused to do and was denied access to a lawyer. On the 2nd of December, she was released on bail.
She was charged with “creating a group against national security” and sentenced to ten years in jail by Branch One of the Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj on July 12, 2020.
On February 13, 2021, Zara got a text message alerting her that the Provincial Court of Appeals, Branch Four, presided over by Judge Mostafa Tayari, had affirmed a five-year prison term in her case. The verdict was delivered to her counsel later.