Student Council of Defense of Human Rights in Kurdistan: A political activist Mr. Jalal Marasane was recently sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court in the City of Mahabad.

Mr. Marasane who is a resident in the city of Sardasht was convicted of working with a Kurdish Opposition group. He was sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment on December 22nd 2008.

Mr. Marasane’s family has reported that he was subjected to severe torture while in pre-trial custody and are extremely concerned about his well being.

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