Iran has released today Kurdish political prisoners Saman Ghazali and Salar Ghazali under judiciary amnesty. The two brothers served nine months in detention and prison.

The political prisoners were serving a two-year sentence in Mahabad Prison.

On 16 January 2021, Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Mahabad sentenced each of the two civil rights activists to 39 months in prison on charges of “acting against national security” through “membership in a Kurdish opposition party” and “propaganda against the state”.

The sentences were then reduced to two years of imprisonment.

Security forces had arrested the two brothers on 16 September 2020 and had taken them to the detention centre of the Ministry of Intelligence in Orumiyeh. After three months of interrogation, they were transferred to Mahabad Prison.

During this period, Saman Ghazali went on a hunger strike for 20 days, protesting against his detention.
Saman Ghazali is a final year student of master of sociology at Boroujerd University. Salar Ghazali is a graduate of masters in chemistry from the Razi University of Kermanshah.