Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, has sentenced Kurdish labour activists Shadman Abdi, Kamal Karimi and Khabat Mahmoudi to a total of five years and three months in prison.

According to the verdict, Abdi was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security” and “forming an illegal group to disrupt the national security”.

Karimi was sentenced to nine months in prison for “acting against national security” by “membership” in a Kurdish opposition party.

Meanwhile, Mahmoudi received a one-and-a-half-year prison sentence on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security”.

Abdi’s sentence was suspended for two and a half years, while Karimi’s and Mahmoudi’s sentences were suspended for two years.

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that Judge Saeidi presided over the recent court session in which the three activists were sentenced to prison.

On 17 May, the Ministry of Intelligence arrested Abdi, Karimi, Mahmoudi and five other labour activists without a warrant in Sanandaj after they visited the family of Houman Abdollahi, one of the victims of last year’s anti-government protests.

Abdi, Karimi and Mahmoudi were released on bail from Sanandaj Central Prison on 30 May, 31 May and 6 June, respectively.