Law Society statement…
We presented a statement on Tanzania to the United Nations and NGOs as part of the universal periodic review (UPR) pre-sessions.
The head of the Iranian judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani.
We co-wrote the letter with:
We’re concerned about the arrest and detention of lawyer Ms Nasrin Sotoudeh in Iran. It’s apparent that Ms Sotoudeh’s arrest is connected to her legitimate activities as an attorney.
We understand that Ms Sotoudeh was arrested in June at her home in Tehran and taken to Evin prison.
She was told that she was being detained to serve a five-year prison sentence on charges that she has never been notified, tried or convicted of. Since then, she was told that she’s facing new charges:
Ms Sotoudeh allegedly refused to pay the bail set for her release because it was disproportionately high. She also expressed concerns about the lack of due process and objected to selecting her defence lawyer from a limited state-approved list.
We’ve asked the Iranian authorities to:
January 2011 – Ms Sotoudeh was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment in connection with her work as a lawyer. Her sentence was reduced to six years on appeal
September 2013 – Ms Sotoudeh was released from prison early after receiving a pardon and subjected to a ban on practising law
2014 – Ms Sotoudeh protested daily outside Iran’s Bar Association until the disbarment decision was overturned
June 2018 – Ms Sotoudeh was arrested and taken to prison