Famed lawyer sentenced to '38 years prison, 148 lashings' in Iran

Iran Govt Sentences Human Rights Lawyer To 38 Yrs In Prison & 148 Lashes

On March 11, judge Mohammad Moghiseh spoke of a sentence of seven years in prison: five years for "crimes against national security" and two additional years for "insults" to the supreme leader, the great ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Nasrin Sotoudeh has been charged with several national security-related offenses, all of which she denies.

Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, earlier this week said that she will have to serve an extra 10-years in prison - the longest sentence of the seven verdicts - on top of a five-year term she is now serving.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, an internationally renowned human rights lawyer jailed in Iran, was handed a new sentence on Monday - 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, according to her husband.

One of Sotoudeh's lawyers, Mahmud Behzadi-Rad said that the verdict had been handed down in absentia.

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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 Commission's Working Group considers communications received by the United Nations of alleged human rights violations affecting the status of women, and uses these to identify "trends and patterns of injustice and discriminatory practices against women for purposes of policy formulation and development of strategies for the promotion of gender equality". "5 years of prison for the first case and 33 years of prison with 148 lashes, for the second case".

The experts stated that any prison term for defending human rights was a serious violation of Iran's worldwide obligations. The government offered no explanation, but at the time Sotoudeh was defending women who had been arrested after removing their hijabs, or headscarves, in public protests. "Nasrin Sotoudeh must be released immediately and unconditionally and this obscene sentence quashed without delay", said Philip Luther, who is the research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International. "Her detention and the charges against her appear to relate to her work as a human rights lawyer, especially representing Iranian women human rights defenders arrested for peacefully protesting against laws making the wearing of veils compulsory for women", the experts said. Neuer described the appointment as sending "the worst possible message" to the women of Iran.

In the letter, posted online by the Iranian Human Rights Activist News Agency, the signatories claim that the sentence is "a source of shame" and "shows a lack of tolerance in dealing with" lawyers "critical of the system".

Sotoudeh's husband Khandan has raised the matter with The Center for Human Rights in Iran. "This sentence is unjust, illogical and unusual", he has said.

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