Iran - Lawyer Sotoudeh - October 2013


It is the Law Society's understanding Nasrin Sotoudeh was released on September 18, 2013, along with several other political prisoners.  The grounds and conditions of her release remain unclear.


Ms. Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer, is known for defending juveniles facing the death penalty, prisoners of conscience and young victims of abuse.  In September 2010, Ms. Sotoudeh was arrested and in January 2011, she was sentenced to 11 years in prison, a 20 year ban on her legal practice and a 20 year ban on foreign travel on charges of “acting against national security, collusion and propaganda against the regime, and membership in the Centre for Human Rights Defenders.”  An appeals court later reduced her sentence to 6 years. 


The Law Society of Upper Canada has followed Ms. Sotoudeh’s case closely, along with cases of other lawyers in Iran. The Law Society of Upper Canada has repeatedly condemned the harassment of lawyers in Iran, including the treatment of Shirin Ebadi, Saleh Kamrani, Houtan Kian, Nasser Zarafshan, and Abdolfattah Soltani,  


The Law Society is pleased to learn that Nasrin Sotoudeh has been released; however we remain deeply concerned about the situation of lawyers who remain in prison due to the exercise of their legitimate professional duties. 


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