DUBAI - Jailed Iranian lawyer and rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh was temporarily freed on Thursday for three days after more than two years in prison, her husband and an opposition news website said.

Sotoudeh has been serving a six-year prison sentence after being arrested in September 2010 and convicted of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security.

Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh's husband, wrote on his Facebook profile on Thursday evening that she had been granted the furlough.

Iranian authorities did not say why Sotoudeh was freed. But Iran's judiciary sometimes grants furloughs to prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes, especially for national holidays.

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