An Iranian court has sentenced Kurdish civilian Jalal Amini to a total of three years and eight months in prison on charges of “acting against national security” through membership in a Kurdish opposition party and “propaganda against the state” in the past few days in Bukan, West Azerbaijan province.

The civilian was tried in late December 2022, and his lawyer was informed of the court decision on 17 January.

If the sentence is upheld by the Court of Appeals of West Azerbaijan province, with the application of Article 134 of the Iranian Islamic Penal Code (Law on Consolidation of Sentences), the harshest punishment, i.e. three years of imprisonment, will be applicable.

Amini was arrested by security forces on the Mirava Road in Bukan on 15 August and transferred to the detention facility of the security police in Orumiyeh, West Azerbaijan province.

After initial interrogations, he was first transferred to Bukan Prison and then released on a bail of 1 billion Tomans – nearly 22,000 USD – on 4 September.

In the past few years, the civilian has been repeatedly summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence and the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Bukan and interrogated for several hours.