Iran Sentences Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 Years, 148 Lashes

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 17, 2019

The Tehran Court judge, however, said the punishment is of 7 years - five years for assembling against national security and two years for insulting the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Between 2010 and 2013 she was arrested and imprisoned for her political activity (propaganda against the state and attack on national security).

Her husband, Reza Khandan, wrote about the sentencing in a Facebook post on March 11.

On the day the United Nations made the announcement, Iran sentenced Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, to an extra 10 years in jail on top of the five-year term she is already serving for defending protesters against the Islamic Republic's mandatory hijab laws.

Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, called the sentence "utterly outrageous" on Tuesday, and said on Twitter that the European Parliament stood with Sotoudeh.

There have been conflicting reports and statements about the length of the sentences imposed on Sotoudeh, with a judge at Tehran's Revolutionary Court saying earlier this month that she had been sentenced to seven years in prison on two charges.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, one of the worst human rights abusers in the world and top state sponsor of worldwide terrorism, has been appointed a seat on the United Nations' Women's Rights Committee, Hillel Neuer of the watchdog group UN Watch reported Wednesday. Norwegian state secretary Audun Halvorsen told Aftenposten that even a minimum sentence of seven years gives "great cause for concern".

The experts stated that any prison term for defending human rights was a serious violation of Iran's global obligations.

Sotoudeh, an internationally acclaimed lawyer, has represented activists who were prosecuted for their protest against mandatory scarf.

Nasrin Sotoudeh is one of seven lawyers and human rights activists arrested in Iran a year ago.

During the most recent sentencing, Moghiseh "applied the maximum statutory sentence" for each of her charges, and added an additional four years to her prison term, Amnesty International said in a news release on Monday. "Her conviction and sentence consolidate Iran's reputation as a cruel oppressor of women's rights", Philip Luther, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director, said.

The worldwide human right NGO said that this is the harshest sentence it has documented against a human rights defender in Iran in recent years.

Sotoudeh's husband Khandan has raised the matter with The Center for Human Rights in Iran. "It's shameful for Iran's judicial system to issue such a heavy sentence against a human rights activist. This sentence is unjust, illogical and unusual", he has said.

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