Iranian human rights lawyer sentenced to 38 years in prison, 148 lashes

Iran Govt Sentences Human Rights Lawyer To 38 Yrs In Prison & 148 Lashes

Iran Govt Sentences Human Rights Lawyer To 38 Yrs In Prison & 148 Lashes

Security agents arrested the lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, at her home in June past year.

According to the Center for Human Rights in Iran, after a brief phone conversation with her from prison, Ms. Sotoudeh's husband confirmed her sentence on Facebook.

Sotoudeh, the co-winner of the European Parliament's 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, past year represented several of the women detained for removing their head scarves in public to protest against the country's Islamic dress code.

The husband, Reza Khandan, described the sentences in a Facebook post on Monday, saying that she had received a five-year prison term in one case and a sentence of 33 years in another.

In an open letter to the Iranian people, and sent by one of the authors to VOA Persia for publication, the group of 16 jurists emphasizes that the sentence violates the commitments enshrined in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic on the subject of human rights and due process.

The experts stated that any prison term for defending human rights was a serious violation of Iran's global obligations. During the interrogation, she was told that the charges against her are "propaganda against the state", for allegedly being a member of LEGAM, an NGO opposed to the death penalty, and "assembly and collusion against national security".

USA govt has condemned the arrest and said, "We are outraged to hear reports that the Iranian regime sentenced Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes".

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She has denied all charges against her.

"This sentence is unjust, illogical and unusual".

Norwegian officials are formally objecting to an Iranian court's harsh verdict against lawyer and human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh.

An outspoken critic of the Iranian establishment, Sotoudeh previously spent three years in prison on security charges after representing dissidents arrested during mass protests in 2009 against the disputed reelection of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. "Nasrin Sotoudeh must be released immediately and unconditionally and this obscene sentence quashed without delay", said Philip Luther, who is the research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International. "We urge the Iranian authorities to release all lawyers arbitrarily detained for their work defending the legal and human rights of Iranians, and to allow lawyers to undertake their work free from fear of arrest or intimidation by the state", the experts said.

Sotoudeh had been serving a 5-year sentence after being convicted on June 13, 2018.

It's not clear why the judge in the case is saying the sentence is seven years when it appears to be 38, but in either case, this is ridiculous punishment for trumped-up charges.

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