Sotoudeh told her husband in a short telephone get in touch with from prison that she was informed she faces 38 years and the lashes, according to the Centre for Human Rights in Iran.


Khandan told the New York-primarily based advocacy group that it is unclear what extra charges Sotoudeh had been convicted of and that his wife had not received the verdict in writing.

“I never know how several years she got for every of the charges simply because my conversation with Nasrin only lasted a couple of minutes and we did not get to the particulars,” Khandan mentioned, according to a statement on the group’s web page.

“I only know that the greatest sentence was 12 years for (encouraging) ‘corruption and prostitution,'” he mentioned, according to the Centre for Human Rights in Iran.

Hadi Ghaemi, the centre’s executive director, mentioned lashing is an uncommon sentence for an individual charged in a safety case. He mentioned it showed Iran is escalating its crackdown on human rights defenders.

“Sotoudeh is asking for rule of law. It shows how substantially (authorities) are afraid of her,” Ghaemi mentioned in an interview onTuesday.

One of the original protest pictures online.

A single of the original protest images on line.Credit:Facebook

Human rights groups and lawmakers denounced Sotoudeh’s sentencing.

“Sotoudeh have to be released straight away and unconditionally and this obscene sentence quashed devoid of delay,” mentioned Philip Luther of Amnesty International.

The European Union released a statement demanding authorities assessment Sotoudeh’s sentence and make sure her suitable to appeal. The European Parliament awarded Sotoudeh the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Believed in 2012.

“The European Union notes that the suitable to protest peacefully, as nicely as the suitable to express opinion in a non-violent manner, are cornerstones of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a celebration,” the statement study.

In the decade following Iran’s disputed 2009 presidential election, additional than 40 lawyers who defend political activists have been arrested.

But the Iranian judiciary intensified its clampdown in January 2018 right after the nation was rattled by its greatest anti-government protest in practically a decade. The protests have been set off right after a lady was arrested in Tehran for removing her headscarf in public.

Following the wave of unrest, authorities arrested at least seven human rights attorneys, like Sotoudeh, and announced that defendants held on political charges are only capable to pick out lawyers from an authorized list.

Human rights lawyer Mohammad Najafi was sentenced in October 2018 to 3 years in prison and 74 lashes for “publishing falsehoods” and “disturbing the state.”

This is not the 1st time Sotoudeh has been imprisoned. She was arrested in 2010 for what Iran mentioned was “spreading propaganda against the technique.”

Sotoudeh was kept in solitary confinement in the course of some of her time in prison and reportedly went on a hunger strike in October 2012 to protest how authorities have been treating her family members and for getting denied the chance to see her daughter and son. She was released in 2013 when President Hassan Rouhani granted her a pardon.

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