Kurdish psychiatrist and translator Dr Nasser Hemmati has been sent to Dastgerd Prison in central Isfahan to serve his two-year sentence.

He presented himself today at the Enforcement of Judgements Office in Isfahan and was arrested.

On 25 December 2019, security forces had arrested Hemmati following the November 2019 protests at his house in Isfahan. He was released on bail a week later.

The November 2019 protests were nationwide demonstrations in Iran initially caused by an increase in fuel prices. The protests eventually led to calls for the overthrow of the government and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

On 23 May 2021, Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Isfahan sentenced him to two years in prison on charges of “propaganda against the state” and “insulting the state officials”.

Security agencies have repeatedly interrogated and threatened the psychologist over the past two years for his activities and writings on social media.

Dr Nasser Hemmati, who comes from Abdanan, Ilam province, has published several translations in psychotherapy in Iran.