Committee of Human Rights Reporters – According to a judicial official from Kurdistan province, in the near future several political prisoners who have less than 6 months of their prison sentences remaining, will be granted early release before the upcoming presidential elections.
According to CHRR, a family member of Kurdish political prisoner Anwar Hossein Panahi said the following; “After we presented a petition with thousands of signatures and our local people insisted on the innocence of Anwar Hossein Panahi and demanded a follow-up on his case, a judiciary official from the Sanandaj Prosecutor’s Office told us that the Ministry of Intelligence had opposed any commutation in his sentencing.” He said regarding the new order for probable early release, “This pardon is within the parameters of a ruling that requires all prisoners with less than 6 months prison time remaining, to be released.”
Last week Kurdish prisoner Arsalan Oliyayi who was arrested in 2007 by security forces and had less than 6 months remaining in his prison term was released from Sanandaj Central Prison. Oliyayi and Panahi were both sentenced to death on charges of “acting against national security,” and “moharebeh” (enmity with god). Their death sentences were later commuted by the court of appeals to 6 years in prison.