Political prisoner Zahra Mohammadi was deprived of receiving a prison leave for the Persian New Year, Nowruz. The Department of Intelligence of Sanandaj turned down her family’s request for her to spend the Nowruz with her family.
Political prisoner Zahra Mohammadi is currently serving a five-year sentence in the Correctional Center of Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan Province. Ms. Mohammadi’s family had requested leave for her for the New Year and Nowruz. The Intelligence Department of Sanandaj, however, rejected the request.
An informed source said the intelligence department had refused to send the Kurdish language teacher on leave, citing the special sensitivities of the Nowruz celebrations in Kurdistan province.
Political prisoner Zahra Mohammadi vows to stay firm in prison
When the public learned of the transfer of this Kurdish language teacher to prison, dozens of the residents of Sanandaj gathered outside the Ministry of Justice to express their anger.
In front of the prison, Zahra Mohammadi met a large crowd who had gone to bid her farewell. She expressed her gratitude and in her brief remarks said, “I did not expect that you come here to be in my company as I am going to prison. This is truly heart-warming and I assure you that during all the moments of my prison time, the enemy would regret tying hope to incarcerate me. I thank you again and I reiterate that the enemy would regret tying hope to my incarceration.”
The Supreme Court has turned down Ms. Mohammadi’s appeal to revise her sentence according to Article 477.
Zahra Mohammadi, 30, lives in Sanandaj. She has a master’s degree in Geopolitics from the University of Birjand.
Agents of the Intelligence Department broke into Ms. Mohammadi’s residence on May 23, 2019, and arrested her. She was conditionally and temporarily released after six months on a bail of 700 million Tomans.
In July 2020, Zahra Mohammadi was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the charge of “forming a group against national security.” Later in October, her sentence was commuted to five years.