Branch One of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, recently sentenced Kurdish labour activist Habibollah Karimi to three months in prison.

The court charged Karimi with “acting against national security” through “membership” of a Kurdish opposition party.

According to the verdict, the sentence was commuted to a cash fine of 120 million Iranian rials – nearly 250 USD.

The court session took place on 16 July and the activist was notified of the decision on 19 July.

Six other Kurdish labour activists, Shadman Abdi, Eghbal Shabani, Khabat Mahmoudi, Kamal Karimi, Abdollah Kheyrabadi and Eghbal Pishkari, were also recently sentenced to prison by the same court. However, their sentences were suspended.

On 17 May, the Ministry of Intelligence arrested Karimi and seven other labour activists, Hajar Saeidi, Shadman Abdi, Kamal Karimi, Khabat Mahmoudi, Sirwan Mahmoudi, Abdollah Kheyrabadi and Eghbal Pishkari, without a warrant in Sanandaj after they had visited the family of Houman Abdollahi, one of the victims of last year’s anti-government protests.

On 6 June, after initial interrogations, Karimi was temporarily released from Sanandaj’s central prison on bail of 5 billion Iranian rials – nearly 10,000 USD.