Labour activist Bakhtiar Rahimi has been sentenced by the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Marivan to two years in prison on charges of “acting against national security” during the past few days.

The activist was arrested on December 27 at his workplace in the Marivan Electricity Department but he was released from Sanandaj prison on December 21 on a bail of 100 million Tomans.

Amnesty International issued a statement late last December expressing concern over the health status of Bakhtiar Rahimi. According to this statement, he has had only one short phone call with his family during his detention, suffered from kidney disease and needed regular medical care. Rahimi was previously arrested in July 2007 and released after 11 months on bail.