The Special Clerical Court of Hamadan, in west Iran, has recently summoned Sunni Kurdish clerics Madeh Karami and Abdoljabbar Lotfi for their support of anti-government protests.

Karami, the imam of the village of Huyeh in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, was summoned to appear in court on 21 May.

Lotfi, a teacher and imam at the Ershad mosque in Sanandaj, has been summoned to the clerics’ court for the second time in recent months.

The court notice said the cleric must appear in court on 24 May.

He was previously summoned to appear in court in December 2022.

The two clerics were reportedly summoned because of speeches they made in support of the recent anti-government protests.

Since late March, the Special Clerical Court of Hamadan has sentenced at least four Sunni Kurdish clerics, Hossein Ali-Moradi, Saber Khoda-Moradi, Arman Sadeghi and Seyyed Jalal Akbari, to suspended prison sentences, lashes and the revocation of clerical status for speaking out in support of anti-government protests in Sanandaj, Saqqez, Dehgolan and Sarvabad.