Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

A Tehran revolutionary court has sentenced prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani to prison and banned him from practicing law for 20 years. Soltani co-founded a human rights group with Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi and is being held in Evin prison.

Soltani’s daughter Maede hopes that the sentence will be overturned, even though the charges against him are grave – spreading anti-government propaganda, endangering national security and accepting an illegal award. Soltani has been arrested multiple times, most recently in 2009 after the controversial Iranian presidential election.

[Washington Post]

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