Iranian women's rights activist sentenced to five years in prison

June 21, 2008 23:09

The lawyer of an Iranian women's rights activist says his client was convicted on security-related charges and sentenced to five years in prison. Mohammad Sharif described the verdict for his client, 22-year-old women's rights activist Hana Abdi, as harsh. He told The Associated Press Saturday that her prison was also very remote. Abdi has been in detention since November for advocating for greater freedoms for Iran's women. In Iran women need a male guardian's permission to work or travel. However they can drive, vote and run for office. In the past three years, Iranian authorities have detained many women who fought for equal rights with men on similar charges.

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