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Iranian human rights lawyer has been sentenced to seven years in prison

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to seven years in prison. She is accused of anti-state propaganda, insulting the leader and espionage. She has been in prison since June last year.

„Sotoudeh was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court to two years imprisonment for anti-state propaganda to five and insulting the Supreme Leader (Ali Khamenei),“ Judge Mohamed Moghisehie told Isna News Agency. Since Sotoudeh did not recognize the verdict, the case is automatically forwarded to an appellate court.

However, her husband Reza Khandan wrote on Facebook of a conviction for a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.

The 55-year-old Sotoudeh, who received the Sakharov Prize for Human Rights from the European Parliament, has been sitting in the infamous Ewin prison in the capital Tehran since June. Five days before she was arrested, she had commented in a contribution to Der Spiegel on her everyday life in Iran.

Sotoudeh protests hunger strike against ruling

Sotoudeh has categorically rejected all allegations. She had also refused to deposit a bail of the equivalent of € 125,000 until her court date. She is also protesting a hunger strike against the sentence and her treatment in prison.

Sotoudeh and her husband Resa Chandan are among the most renowned human rights activists in Iran. Sotoudeh worked mainly as a lawyer for dissidents. In recent months, she has also taken on the defense of two young women who had protested against the headscarf command and had been arrested.

Sotoudeh had been sentenced to eleven years in prison in 2010 for alleged propaganda against the Islamic clerical establishment. Even then, she went on a hunger strike. In September 2013, after the election of Hassan Rohani as president, the regime critic was released prematurely in September 2013 from detention.

Editor’s note: In an earlier version of the article, the two young women protested against the headscarf ban in Iran. It is true that the two women protested against the headscarf commandment. Headscarves prevail in Iran. We have corrected the corresponding place.