Regime detains leading women’s rights advocate
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.