Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Gets 38 Years in Jail For Criticising Ayatollah Khomeini

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 38 years in jail with 48 lashes, her husband Reza Khandan wrote in a Facebook post.

Award-winning Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh smiles at her home in Tehran on September 18, 2013, after being freed following three years in prison on state security charges. PHOTO: REUTERS

Sotoudeh’s lawyer, Payam Derafshan, told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in December that Sotoudeh – arrested last June – had been charged with spreading information against the state, insulting Iran’s Supreme Leader and spying.

The news of Sotoudeh’s sentencing came only days after hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi was appointed the new head of the judiciary. Judicial officials were not immediately available on Monday to comment on the Facebook post.

Sotoudeh had previously served about half of a six-year jail sentence imposed in 2010 for spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security – charges she denied – before being freed in 2013.

Last year Sotoudeh represented a number of women who have removed their headscarf, or hijab, in public to protest against Iran’s mandatory Islamic dress code for women, according to the Center for Human Rights in Iran, a New York-based advocacy group.

Sotoudeh, who has represented Iranian opposition activists, embarked on a 50-day hunger strike in 2012 against a travel ban on her daughter. Her case then caused an international outcry in which the United States and the human rights group Amnesty International criticized the Islamic Republic.

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