Kurdish political prisoner Farhad Nouri has been released from Orumiyeh Central Prison on 17 May after the announcement of the amnesty by the Iranian judiciary on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, sources told the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).

The political prisoner was sent on temporary leave on from 3 May to 13 May.

Farhad Nouri was arrested on 15 August 2019, along with three other civilians named Safar Nouri, Ali Azizi, and Parviz Nouri from the village of Anbi in Orumiyeh, by the forces of the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The four Kurdish civilians were transferred to the Orumiyeh Central Prison after 28 days of interrogation in the IRGC’s detention centre and were released on bails of 500 million Iranian Tomans – approximately 20,000 USD – in the fall that followed.

The trial of these four civilians was held in September 2020 in Branch 2 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Orumiyeh, during which Parviz Nouri was acquitted, while Safar Nouri, Farhad Nouri, and Ali Azizi were charged with “acting against national security” through “membership in a Kurdish opposition party”. They were sentenced to five years in prison, each.

After they appealed against the verdict, the case was referred to Branch 13 of the Court of Appeals of Orumiyeh, as a result of which the sentences of Safar Nouri and Farhad Nouri were reduced to one year in prison, and Ali Azizi was acquitted.

Farhad Nouri was arrested and sent to prison in the past winter to serve his sentence.