Seyvan Ebrahimi, a Kurdish language teacher and board member of the Nozhin Socio-Cultural Association, has been sent to Sanandaj Central Prison to serve an eight-month prison sentence.

The activist was previously imprisoned in Sanandaj Central Prison on 30 December 2023 to serve a one-year sentence in another case and was later released on 24 June this year.

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that on Ebrahimi was summoned to the Sanandaj court on 3 July and sent to the city’s central prison to serve his eight-month sentence.

On 3 December 2023, he was sentenced by Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj, presided over by Judge Karami, to 10 years in prison on charges of “forming groups and factions with the aim of undermining national security” and to one year in prison for “propaganda against the state”.

Last week, the Kurdistan Province Court of Appeal acquitted him of the first charge and reduced the one-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime” to eight months.

In August 2023, Ebrahimi was sentenced by Branch 106 of the Sanandaj Criminal Court to one year in prison, exile to Dizel Abad Prison in Kermanshah, and 40 lashes for “disturbing public order”. The Kurdistan Province Court of Appeal later commuted the sentence to one year in Sanandaj Central Prison and 40 lashes.

The activist began serving his one-year sentence on 30 December 2023, and was released on 24 June under a pardon for prisoners with less than six months remaining on their sentences.

Ebrahimi was initially arrested at the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj on 3 January 2023, while following up on the case of his wife, Zahra Mohammadi and was released on bail two days later.

However, security forces re-arrested him in Sanandaj on 18 January 2023. He was released on bail after 27 days in the city’s prison.