Iraqi Kurdistan upholds prison sentences for activists, journalists
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An appeals court in Iraqi Kurdistan on Tuesday upheld six-year jail sentences for five journalists and activists, after a trial criticised by rights groups. Defence lawyer Aso Hashem told AFP that “three of the five judges of the cassation court upheld the sentence” passed February 16 by a court in Erbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Former judge and lawmaker Latif Moustafa, who left the Kurdish judicial system over its politicisation, confirmed the ruling. Journalists Ayaz Karam, Kohidar Zebari and Sherwan Sherwani, along with activists Shivan Saed and Harwian Is…

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