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

Karami, the imam of the village of Huyeh in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, was tried on 21 May and sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for two years.

The trial of Lotfi, a teacher and imam at the Ershad mosque in Sanandaj, was held on 24 May.

According to the verdict, he was sentenced to seven and a half months in prison, 74 lashes and revocation of his clerical status.

Since late March, the Special Clerical Court of Hamadan has sentenced at least six 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.