Yarsani Kurdish writer and researcher Mozhgan Kavousi has been sent to Tonekabon Prison in Mazandaran Province to serve a 39-month sentence, following a court order.

Kavousi, a former political prisoner, was summoned to the Enforcement of Judgements Office of Sari Court in Mazandaran Province and taken to Tonekabon Prison on 18 December, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned.

In October, Branch Nine of the Supreme Court confirmed her sentence of 62 months and one day, of which 39 months became enforceable under the Sentence Consolidation Law.

Presiously, Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sari sentenced Kavousi to 39 months in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security”, 15 months and one day in jail on charges of “insulting the supreme leader”, and eight months in prison for “propaganda against the state”

She was also acquitted of the charge of “spreading corruption on earth” (efsad-e fel arz), for which a death penalty is a possible verdict under the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Kavousi, from Kalardasht in Mazandaran Province, was arrested at her family home in Nowshahr, Mazandaran Province, on 22 September 2022.

Following her arrest, she was initially interrogated at the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention centre in Sari before being transferred to Tonekabon Prison for pre-trial detention.

On 3 January 2023, she was released from Qaem Shahr Prison in Mazandaran Province on bail of 30 billion rials – nearly 60,000 USD.

Kavousi is a former political prisoner who was released from Kachouei Prison in Karaj in January 2022 after spending 21 months in prison.