Prominent Iranian Lawyer Arrested In Tehran

Nasrin Sotoudeh, prominent Iranian lawyer was arrested yesterday in Tehran after being summoned to the court at Evin Prison.

Sotoudeh received the summons while her office and home were searched by the authorities.

She was charged with “Activities against national security” and “propaganda against the Islamic Republic regime.”

Iranian Nobel laureate, Shirin Ebadi has announced that Nasrin Sotoudeh’s arrest is because she has taken on the defence of political prisoners and human rights activists. Ebadi told Zamaneh: “The Iranian judiciary has long lost its independence and become a tool in the hands of the intelligence and security services.”

She added: “But this will not stop Iran’s young and courageous lawyers from continuing their struggle.”


6 September 2010


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