Regime de­tains lead­ing women’s rights ad­vo­cate

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

TEHRAN | Ira­nian author­i­ties on Wed­nes­day de­tained a prom­i­nent rights lawyer who had re­cently de­fended women protest­ing the oblig­a­tory Is­lamic head­scarf.

Nas­rin So­toudeh was taken from her home, ac­cord­ing to her hus­band, Reza Khan­dan, who said she man­aged to call him after she was de­tained. He said she was told she would be serv­ing a five-year sen­tence at the Evin prison in Tehran after be­ing con­victed in ab­sen­tia. There was no im­me­di­ate com­ment from author­i­ties.

Ms. So­toudeh, whose de­ten­tion was con­demned by the rights group Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, is an out­spo­ken critic of the coun­try’s ju­di­ciary, which is dom­i­nated by hard-lin­ers.

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