The Criminal Court of Mahabad, in northwestern Iran, has sentenced two Kurdish civilians to ten years and one day in prison, each.

Branch 103 of the Criminal Court of Mahabad, West Azerbaijan province, sentenced Sherko Agoushi and Hossein Alvand-Kouhi on charges of “aiding and abetting the murder of a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)”.

The civilians were officially informed of the ruling on 29 December.


The IRGC forces arrested Sherko Agoushi after shooting and injuring him on 31 August in Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan province.

The day before his arrest, the IRGC forces had shot and killed his brother Sadegh Agoushi near Mahabad, and arrested his father, Kaveh Agoushi.

Previously, security forces had also arrested Agoushi in 2019. After spending 18 months in detention, the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Piranshahr had sentenced him to five years in prison in February 2021 on charges of “membership in the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDPI)”.

He was sent on leave after the sentence was issued and was eventually released from Naqadeh prison in July 2021 after the remainder of his sentence was pardoned.