Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court in Mahabad, West Azerbaijan province, in recent days sentenced imprisoned protester Sohrab Avizkan to three years in prison and three years of life in exile in Zanjan, in north-west Iran.

The civilian was charged with “assembly and conspiracy with intent to disrupt national security” and “disturbing public order and peace”.

This verdict was delivered to the civilian detained in Mahabad prison in recent days.

The Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested Avizkan during the anti-government protests in Mahabad and took him to the detention centre of the military-security institution in Orumiyeh, West Azerbaijan province.

He was subjected to severe physical and psychological torture to extract forced “confessions”, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned.

After initial interrogations, Avizkan was transferred to Mahabad Prison.

He has been denied access to a lawyer since his arrest.