May 22, 2013
Iran Rights Lawyer Is Locked Away
Posted on Jun 13, 2012
Abdolfattah Soltani, a well-known Iranian lawyer who co-founded an organization that defends the rights of women, minorities and political prisoners, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his work and for what Iran’s hard-line judiciary called spreading anti-government propaganda and endangering national security.
Soltani, 58, co-founded the Defenders of Human Rights Center with former judge and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadi. His original 18-year sentence had been reduced on appeal, and he was told it could be further reduced if he denounced Ebadi.
Soltani was jailed for many months in 2005 and 2009, both times for what the government deemed were political offenses.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly
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