Two Iranian Azerbaijani civilians from Orumiyeh have been sentenced to 16 years in prison by the Branch 2 of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court on charges of membership in the banned opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI) and propaganda against the state, local sources told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

The two civilians Ebrahim Khalili Hamedani and Salar Khalili Hamedan began to officially serve the sentence in the Psychiatric Ward of Orumiyeh Central Prison on September 24.

A source said that the hearing of the two civilians was held on September 18 at the Branch 2 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh, while they were denied the right to select their own lawyers.

The court eventually sentenced each of them to 15 years in prison for membership in the banned PMOI in addition to a one-year imprisonment for propaganda against the state.

Iranian security forces in Orumiyeh arrested Ebrahim Khalili Hamedani along with his two children Salar and Maryam (Mahsa) Khalili Hamadani on February 23 2019.

After two months of interrogation, they were taken from the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Centre in Orumiyeh to the Orumiyeh Central Prison.

Maryam Khalili Hamadani was released on April 25 on a bail of 250 million Tomans while the other two members of the family have since been held at the Psychiatric Ward of the prison.

Ibrahim Khalili Hamadani, a civilian from Orumiyeh, was arrested in 2005 on charges of membership in the PMOI and sentenced to six years in prison. He was released from prison after he had served two years of his sentence based on the right to conditional release.