Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (pictured), a political prisoner of Iran’s regime, has been convicted again over her defense of protesters.
Her husband Reza Khandan said on Tuesday that Sotoudeh was condemned on several “national security” charges but has not received the verdict or her sentence in writing.
Sotoudeh, held from 2010 to 2013 over her representation of protesters of the disputed 2009 Presidential election, was rearrested in June 2018. Authorities were angered that she was defending women who demonstrated against the compulsory wearing of hijab.
Sotoudeh was initially told that she would serve a five-year prison sentence imposed in 2015 but was warned she faced multiple additional charges.
The human rights defender was tried in absentia on December 30 at a Revolutionary Court in Tehran, with hardline judge Mohammad Moghiseh presiding. She refused to appear after she was denied the right to choose her own attorney.
The regime has also maintained pressure on the lawyer by suspending prison visits by her two children and by detaining Khandan last autumn. He has been released but was handed a six-year sentence in January to post Facebook updates about his wife’s case.
Lawyers and human right activists have written Iran’s Supreme Leader requesting the immediate release of Sotoudeh, awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2012 and the Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize in September 2018.
Last July 2018, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute addressed Ayatollah Khamenei. In November, the UN reiterated its “concern at the in-absentia conviction and subsequent imprisonment” of Sotoudeh and called on Iran to guarantee her right to a fair trial.
In December, the European Parliament passed a motion urging Iranian authorities to “immediately and unconditionally release” the political prisoner.