Kurdish civil rights activist Dana Lanjabadi was released from Marivan Prison, in Kurdistan Province, today on bail of 5 billion rials (nearly 8,000 USD) after spending three weeks in detention.

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that Lanjabadi, who was arrested on 20 February, was transferred from the Ministry of Intelligence detention centre in Marivan to the city’s prison on 11 March after three weeks of interrogation.

Lanjabadi was arrested by security forces in Marivan on 20 February without a warrant and taken to the Ministry of Intelligence detention centre in the city.

On 22 February, he was transferred from the detention centre to the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office, where he was charged with “propaganda against the state”.

After being charged, the activist was sent back to the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention centre with a one-month temporary detention order.

This is not the first time that Lanjabadi has faced legal problems as a result of his civil rights activities. In 2012, he was arrested following a student sit-in at Payam-e Noor University in Marivan against the execution of three Kurdish political prisoners.

Following the protest, the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Marivan sentenced Lanjabadi to one year in prison on charges of “propaganda against the state”, and eight months and 50 lashes for “disturbing public order”.

As a result, the activist was banned from continuing his studies at Payam-e Noor University under pressure from the Ministry of Intelligence.