An Iran courtroom sentenced a police chief to 15 months in jail, the judiciary mentioned Friday, after a newspaper linked him to the alleged rape of a woman that sparked bloody protests.
“On December 3, the army tribunal sentenced to 15 months in jail the previous police commander of Chabahar, Ebrahim Kouchakzai, and stripped him of his public capabilities,” the judiciary’s information company Mizan On-line mentioned.
It got here three months after the newspaper Farhikhtegan reported on November 9 that Colonel Kouchakzai had in September interrogated a 15-year-old woman within the southeastern port of Chabahar following the arrest of her brother for alleged homicide.
In line with the report, there was no arrest warrant for the woman, who was alone with Kouchakzai through the interrogation “in his workplace with no surveillance cameras”.
“When she returned dwelling, the woman mentioned that the police commander had raped her,” Farhikhtegan reported on the time.
Authorities ordered an investigation however the medical expert mentioned the woman had not been raped, in response to the newspaper, including that the household refuted the findings.
The case sparked bloody clashes within the restive southeastern metropolis of Zahedan, capital of Sistan-Baluchistan province the place Chabahar is situated.
On September 30, dozens of individuals, together with members of the safety forces, had been killed when hundreds took to the streets after Friday prayers on the metropolis’s Makki mosque, in what has been dubbed “Bloody Friday”.
This was adopted by days of protests and lethal clashes, at the same time as Iran was rocked by a nationwide protest motion over the loss of life in custody of Mahsa Amini, 22, who had been arrested for allegedly violating the Islamic republic’s strict gown code for girls.
Sistan-Baluchistan is dwelling to the ethnic Baluch minority and had been the location of usually lethal violence even earlier than the Amini protests.
Zahedan and Chabahar are among the many few cities in Shiite-majority Iran that are primarily Sunni.
Mizan On-line didn’t discuss with the alleged rape on Friday, however mentioned that Kouchakzai had been “sentenced to 15 months in jail for having sparked an environment of scepticism in the direction of the police”.
He was additionally given 15 months for having written “pretend police statements” and to 15 months in jail for “scrapping (some) orders, and for threats”.
All of the sentences are served concurrently in Iran, so he’ll serve 15 months solely.
Mizan On-line gave no additional particulars, however mentioned the ruling was “definitive”, including that Kouchakzai faces “different costs” and continues to be beneath investigation.
After the September unrest, authorities sacked two regional safety officers, together with the police chief in Zahedan.
(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by Timesof24 employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)
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