The Islamic Revolutionary Court in Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan Province, has sentenced Mahvash Tavassoli and her husband, Jotyar Ashrafzadeh, who were arrested during the Woman, Life, Freedom protests in Piranshahr last year and subsequently released on bail.

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that Tavassoli was sentenced to two years’ probation with electronic monitoring for “propaganda against the state”.

Ashrafzadeh has been sentenced to three years in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion with the intention to commit crimes against national security”.

Sources indicate that under pressure from the Ministry of Intelligence’s office in Piranshahr, the city’s prosecutor has formally appealed the verdicts, arguing for a harsher sentence for both individuals.

Tavassoli and Ashrafzadeh were arrested on 20 October 2022 during the anti-government protests in Piranshahr and were later released on bail, pending trial.