Lawyer and human rights activist Mohammad Seifzadeh was released today from Rejai Shahr Prison upon termination of his sentence.

Mohammad Seifzadeh

Mohammad Seifzadeh

The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that Seifzadeh was sentenced to two years and six years for two separate charges, and by making the the two sentences concurrent, according to the Article 134 of the new Islamic Penal Code, he was released after serving the six-year sentence.

Seifzadeh was charged with acting against national security by acting as a founding member of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders, an NGO providing legal defence in human rights cases, and was sentenced to nine years in jail.

Seifzadeh’s sentence also includes a 10-year ban from practising law.

Seifzadeh’s sentenced was reduced to two years in the appellate court.

Seifzadeh was arrested in 2011 in Urmia and charged with attempting an illegal exit from the country and later was given another six-year sentence.