Iran jails lawyer who has defended activists

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 2, 2011 22:47

An opposition website says a prominent Iranian lawyer who has defended opposition activists has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Kaleme.com reported Wednesday that Khalil Bahramian was convicted of spreading propaganda against the ruling system and insulting the head of the country's judiciary.

The conviction appears to be part of Iran's crackdown on dissidents and the lawyers defending them that began after the disputed presidential election in June 2009. Tehran has tried more than 100 activists and political figures as well as journalists and bloggers on security charges since then.

Last month, Iran sentenced another human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to 11 years of prison on security charges.


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