Iranian authorities have sentenced a human rights lawyer to 33 years in jail and 148 lashes for campaigning against making headscarves compulsory for women.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, 55, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and women’s rights defender, has been in Tehran’s Evin prison since last June after she defended women who removed their headscarves in public.
She represented women who were protesting against the mandatory headscarves for women, many of whom filmed themselves taking off the garment and posing it on social media.
She was arrested last June and charged with spying, spreading propaganda and insulting Iran’s supreme leader, her lawyer said.
Sotoudeh was sentenced on Monday, March 11. A judge at a revolutionary court in Tehran, Mohammad Moqiseh, said on Monday Sotoudeh had been sentenced to five years for assembling against national security and two years for insulting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
In 2016, she had been found guilty in absentia of espionage charges and sentenced to five years by the court. The sentences announced so far total 12 years, but Sotoudeh’s husband said Monday she had been condemned to decades in jail.