Kaveh Ghassemi Kermanshahi

Kaveh Ghassemi Kermanshahi, an Iranian journalist and human rights activist, has been given a confirmed sentence of four years in prison by the Iranian judiciary.

The decision by a Kermanshah appeals court reduces the original five-year sentence that had been handed down by the preliminary court, according to opposition websites.

Ghassemi Kermanshahi was charged with “activities against national security through membership in the Kurdistan Human Rights Organization, and propaganda against the regime by publishing news and reports and giving interviews to the media as well as communicating with the families of political prisoners and casualties.

He was arrested in February 2010 in Kermanshah but was released after four months on $100,000 bail.

Kaveh Ghassemi was very active in the human rights campaign to prevent the execution of Ehsan Fatahian, an Iranian-Kurdish political prisoner who, after being sentenced to 10 years in prison, was then sentenced to death by the appeals court.

Fatahian, who was 28, was executed on November 11, 2009 in Sanandaj.