Five Iranian activists have been sentenced to prison and flogging in Ardebil for demanding the release of political prisoners.

Abbas-Lasani

The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that Tohid Amiramini, Saleh Pichakanlo, Meysam Jolani, Mostafa Parvinjoda and Morteza Parvinjoda were sentenced to three months in jail and 30 lashes.

The five are said to have prepared a banner calling for the release of a number of political prisoners and waved it at a football game. The report indicates the banner said: “Release Abbas Lesani and Azerbaijan activists!”

Lesani is an activist from Azerbaijan province who is serving a sentence in Shiraz Prison in exile.