Kurdish civil society and environmental activist Simko Maroufi from Bukan was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of “disturbing public order” by participating in a rally condemning the Turkish army’s attack on the Kurdish-led Democratic Autonomous Administration in the north and east of Syria, known as Rojava.

The hearing of the charges against Simko Maroufi was held at Branch 4 of the Bukan Criminal Court on 10 December. The verdict was served on him two days later.

Moreover, according to reports received from inside the country, the hearing of four other civil society activists known as Jaka Ismail Pour, Shaho Khazri, Ja’far (Dara) Amini and Hooman Feizi  will be held in Branch 4 of the Criminal Court on 22 December. 

On October 15, demonstrations were held in several Kurdish cities of Iran in condemnation of the Turkish army’s attack on Rojava where Samko Maroufi, Shaho Khazri, Zhaka Ismail Pour Jalal Hassanzadeh, and Hooman Feizi were arrested. 

Jalal Hassanzadeh was released a day later, but the other four detainees were transferred to the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Centre in Sanandaj. He was released on a bail of 150 million t0mans at the end of the interrogations.

Dara Amini, a former political prisoner, was also summoned and interrogated by the Bokan Ministry of Intelligence for several hours after a protest rally.