The sentence for Ibrahim Khalidi, the Kurdish student detained in Orumiyeh who was arrested during the recent protests rally and sentenced to five years imprisonment, was reduced to three years by the Orumiyeh Court of Appeals.

A source close to the student told Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) that on Thursday, May 17, the trial of this student was held at (Branch 1) of the Orumiyeh Court of appeals on May 23 and his sentence was reduced from five years imprisonment to three years of imprisonment and formally served on him in prison. 

According to the source, the status of this student case, who was also charged with “Blasphemy (insulting the prophet)” by the Orumiyeh Criminal Court, is still unclear.

Ibrahim Khalidi (a student at Orumiyeh University), was arrested on December 14 during the protests rally by security forces in Orumiyeh and transferred to the Intelligence Ministry’s detention center in the city of Orumiyeh.

After two weeks of interrogation at the Intelligence Ministry’s detention center, he was transferred to the Orumiyeh Central Prison where he is held in ward 13 (Youth section) in difficult conditions without the right to have a bed and basic facilities.

Ibrahim Khalidi is expected to receive a heavy sentence due to the alleged discovery of blasphemous content against prophet in his cell phone when arrested.

It should be noted that five other citizens from Orumiyeh arrested during the protests were sentenced by the Orumiyeh Revolutionary Court (Branch 3) to six months to five years of imprisonment on charges of acting against national security and propaganda against the regime yesterday.