Iran convicts prominent human rights lawyer

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 10, 2011 15:29

TEHERAN, Iran — A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer who defended opposition activists has been convicted of security offenses and sentenced to 11 years in prison, her husband said Monday.

Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested Sept. 4, and supporters say she has been held in solitary confinement and has staged hunger strikes. State media reported in December that she was accused of spreading propaganda against the ruling system and of being part of an outlawed organization, the Defenders of Human Rights, which is affiliated with Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.


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