Scot posted revenge porn videos of Iraqi General’s daughter in blackmail bid



A blackmail plotter who posted revenge porn videos of an Iraqi General’s daughter has been jailed for nearly four years.

Karivan Mizuri was also made the subject of a non-harassment order for 20 years which forbids him from having any contact with his victim.

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC also imposed a 12-month supervised release order upon him “in order to protect the public from harm.”

Dundee Sheriff Court was told that Mizuri’s campaign of abuse had been designed to “shame, humiliate and embarrass” the 23-year-old student.

Sheriff Drummond jailed him for 47 months and said it was clear that it had caused her “immense” hurt and had been worsened because of her cultural and religious background.

She said: “You haven’t really taken responsibility and you’ve shown no particular remorse. You have taken no blame for it.

“These offenses are serious and have had a devastating effect on her and her entire family. Your motivation was not sexual gratification, but shame, humiliation and revenge.

“It is clear she and her family have suffered significantly as a result of your behaviour. She has described the impact of your crime as immense.

“You have publicly ridiculed and shamed her. The embarrassment and fear she has suffered is ongoing. It is clear that it has been intensified by the cultural context.”

Mizuri spent more than a year posting the material without consent on Facebook and on an adult video website.

Mizuri then drew attention to the material as he tried to blackmail her father for $50,000 to stop him from posting further explicit content. Mizuri was found guilty of two blackmail plots.

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Depute prosecutor Lora Apostalova told the court: “She is 23 and a student. He took a video of her showering and carrying out a sexual act.

“Images and video were sent to her friends and family of her naked in the shower. Her face was clearly visible. The video showed her performing a sex act.

“She did not send them. He was the only other person with access to her Facebook account. Towards the end of 2019 various friends and family advised images were sent to them.

“They were also put on a pornography website. She was of the view the accused was responsible. Over 13 months naked pictures and videos were circulated online on various accounts.

“A witness believed he had posted the images as revenge porn against her family. The posting continued until he was arrested on 5 February, 2021. The complainer’s face was visible as the camera zoomed on her.”

The court was told that some of the naked pictures were partially covered by Mizuri placing emojis and phrases over the woman’s private parts.

Mizuri admitted disclosing intimate images and videos of the woman without her permission. He sent the images to named others while being reckless about the distress they would cause.

He also admitted acting in a threatening or abusive manner between 2019 and February last year by uploading images of the woman, along with pictures of her home and personal details about her.

He had changed his pleas during the trial to guilty on two charges, and was subsequently found guilty by a jury of two related extortion charges.

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Mizuri was found guilty of trying to extort the money from an Iraqi General between 18 September and 31 December 2019. The jury found he had threatened his victim by making him apprehensive about further naked pictures of his daughter being posted online.

He was also found guilty of trying to extort £8,000 from a second man at his workplace in Dundee. He told the man he would post fake sexual pictures of his family members on social media.

The jury heard how the 30-year-old chef had posted sexual pictures of a woman online from his home in Dundee and then threatened to post more.

He then targeted the woman’s father – an Iraqi-based senior military officer – and demanded $50,000 to prevent him continuing to put more naked photographs of his daughter online.

The general, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the trial: “He has vilified my family’s reputation. He has posted my daughter’s naked photos.

“I used my daughter’s Facebook account. He has asked for money.”

The jury was told that Mizuri had been involved in a relationship with the woman until she left and returned to her family in the Middle East.

Ms Apostalova said: “The witness told you about the phone conversation with Mr Mizuri. On one occasion he said Mr Mizuri threatened him.

“He said he was going to turn his life to hell, called him a pig, and demanded $50,000. The context was to do with the intimate pictures posted online.

“she [the woman in the pictures] became aware of the images of her online on 14 August 2019 – a month before that conversation is said to have taken place.

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“He was a straightforward witness, honest and upfront. He was candid. You will recall him becoming emotional on more than one occasion.

“I suggest he was being completely truthful about the conversation when $50,000 was demanded from him.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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