Hajar Saeedi, a prominent advocate for women's rights from Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kurdistan province, has started serving a one-year prison sentence, IranWire has learned.
A source close to Saeedi’s family says she was transferred to Sanandaj Central Prison on November 18 after being summoned to the Fourth Branch of the General and Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj.
The First Branch of the Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj had sentenced the activist to two years in prison, the source said.
However, the Fourth Branch of the Court of Appeal of Kurdistan province later reduced the imprisonment period to one year.
Saeedi was charged with "gathering and colluding through the formation of a Communist group to incite the families of the deceased to commit criminal acts," and with committing "actions against national security."
Saeedi, along with several labor activists from Sanandaj, was apprehended on May 18 during a meeting with the family of Homan Abdullahi, a victim of the state crackdown on protests in the city.
After spending a month in detention at the Sanandaj intelligence department, the women's rights activist was released on bail.