The Criminal Court of Bukan, West Azerbaijan province, has sentenced Hassan Amini, the brother of Mohammad Amini, one of the victims of the “Woman, Life, Freedom” uprising in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, to six and a half years in prison and 40 lashes.

Branch 101 of the Criminal Court of Two in Bukan handed down the verdict on 5 July, charging the civilian with “disturbing public order”.

On 9 June, a group of family members of victims of the recent anti-government protests had travelled from the cities of Dehgolan, Sanandaj and Divandareh in Kurdistan province to Saqqez, Kurdistan province, and Bukan to visit the graves of protesters killed during the protests and were arrested as they left Bukan.

Security forces severely beat Amini during his arrest, causing serious injuries to both his ears and chest.

He was released from Bukan Prison on 16 June on bail of 1 billion Iranian rials, which is nearly 2,000 USD. He was denied the right to a lawyer from the time of his arrest until his sentencing.

Mohammad Amini, 33, was shot dead by military-security forces on 8 October 2022, during anti-government protests in the Karamouzi neighbourhood of Sanandaj.

In another related case, on 3 July, the same court also sentenced Hashem Saedi, the father of Sarina Saedi, one of the victims of the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement in Sanandaj, to six and a half months in prison and 40 lashes.