September 17, 2021
Reports received by Iran International say nine Iranian Kurdish refugees who were deported from Turkey to a rebel-held area in Syria three weeks ago are facing a religious trial by extremist Sunni groups.
The nine individuals were trying to get to Europe when Turkish police arrested them in Istanbul and deported to a rebel-held region in Syria. The brother of one of the refugees told Iran International that the group is being held by an armed militia opposed to the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.
The group first demanded $2,000 to free the nine captives but now they say they will put them on trial to determine whether they are Sunni or Shiite Moslems, the family source said. He added that the Islamic Republic’s interior ministry and other organs have no information about the refugees.
Anti-Assad groups are also Iran’s sworn enemies because of Tehran’s military involvement in the Syrian civil war since 2011. It is not clear if they are held by Arab religious extremist groups or pro-Turkish local militias.