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Al‑Qamishli: Six months imprisonment for Mihemed brothers

KURDWATCH, June 23, 2010—On June 20, 2010, the single military judge in al‑Qamishli sentenced Welat Eyûb Mihemed and Selah Eyûb Mihemed each to six months imprisonment pursuant to Article 307 of the Criminal Code. The penalty was reduced to four months due to mitigating circumstances. The charge pursuant to Article 288 of the Criminal Code was dropped due to Presidential Decree No. 22, dated February 24, 2010 [Further information on the Presidential Decree]. The convicted men, who were charged with the possession of Kurdish language publications, must serve a total remaining sentence of two months. Their attorneys announced that they will appeal the decision. During the pronouncement of judgment, Welat Eyûb Mihemed briefly lost consciousness. [Further information on the case]

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