Iran, Kian, Soltani and Sotoudeh (April, 2012)

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses its deep concern about the imprisonment of Mr. Houtan Kian and Mr. Soltani.

Mr. Houtan Kian is the legal representative of Ms. Sakineh Mohammadi, an Iranian woman convicted of adultery. Ms. Mohammadi's case garnered significant international attention. Reports state that Mr. Houtan Kian was arrested and detained in October of 2010. In February 2012, he was sentenced to six years in prison.

Mr. Soltani is a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer. Reports state that he was arrested and detained in September 2011. On March 24, 2012, his lawyers learned that Mr. Soltani has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, and that he has been banned from practicing law for a period of 20 years.

Ms. Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer, is known for defending juveniles facing the death penalty, prisoners of conscience, and young victims of abuse. She was convicted in January 2011. She is currently serving a six-year prison sentence.

Reports state the Mr. Houtan Kian, Mr. Soltani, and Ms. Sotoudeh have been imprisoned as a direct result of their fulfilling their legitimate professional duties as lawyers to defend the rights of others.

Letter of intervention