Kurdish civilian from Kamyaran

Detention: 23 May 1996

Charged with: Enmity against God through membership in the KDPI

Sentence: Life sentence

Current status: Released on 17 December 2019

Omar Emami, a Kurdish political activist from Kamyaran, was arrested during a clash between the forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDPI) on 23 May 1996.

After his arrest, Emami was taken to Dizelabad Prison in Kermanshah. In the meantime, he was given a life sentence and internal exile to Abarkouh Prison in the city of Yazd, by the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Kermanshah on charges of “enmity against God”.

After serving 10 years of his sentence in Dizelabad Prison, he was transferred to Yazd Prison.

In December 2011, Emami and eight other political prisoners went on hunger strike in Yazd Prison to protest the non-compliance of the prison authorities with the principle of segregation of crimes.

In November 2014, a month after the death of his brother, Emami was sent on temporary leave for a week for the first time in 19 years on a bail of 250 million Iranian Tomans.

In March 2015, he was once again sent on a 20-day leave on a bail of 250 million Tomans.

Reportedly, in December 2019, the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Yazd agreed to the request for Emami’s release. The condition for his release is stated to be the consent of the office of the intelligence ministry in Kermanshah.

Emami was released on 17 December 2019 during the 24th year of his imprisonment.