Imprisoned Iranian lawyer ends hunger strike

December 4, 2012 21:04


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DUBAI - Imprisoned Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh ended her nearly 50-day long hunger strike on Tuesday, an opposition website said, after authorities lifted a ban on her young daughter traveling abroad.

Sotoudeh, a lawyer and human rights activist, is serving a six-year jail sentence after being arrested in September 2010 and convicted of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security.

She began a hunger strike on Oct. 17, according to the New York-based International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI), in protest against a ban on her 13-year-old daughter leaving the country and limits on visits by her family.

"After 49 days, Nasrin Sotoudeh ended her hunger strike ... after judiciary restrictions on her daughter Mehraveh Khandan were lifted," the opposition Kaleme website reported.

Sotoudeh's husband Reza Khandan told Reuters last week he was seriously concerned about his wife's health. According to ICHRI, Sotoudeh has suffered severe weight loss and has been taken to the prison infirmary several times.

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