Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Iranian rights campaigner jailed

There have been a number of protests against the ruling system in Iran following the presidential election in 2009

A leading Iranian human rights lawyer has been jailed for 11 years after being convicted of security offences.

Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested in September, and supporters say she was held in solitary confinement and staged hunger strikes.

State media said last month she was accused of spreading propaganda against the ruling system.

Ms Sotoudeh represented several of the more than 100 activists and political figures tried on charges of fomenting unrest after Iran's disputed presidential election in June 2009.

Her husband Reza Khandan said he had learned from her lawyers on Monday that she had been found guilty. He said the ruling also bars her from working as a lawyer for 20 years and from travelling abroad.

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