A Kurdish writer has been sentenced to prison in Iraq for defaming Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani.
Karim was convicted by a state security court in Arbil after an hour-long trial on December 19, on charges of defaming Barzani and public institutions. He was arrested in October.
Karim had published articles on a Kurdish website accusing Barzani and his Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) of corruption and abuse of power.
European president Austria has called for Karim's release.