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Iran dissident gets 18 years in prison

Last Updated: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 22:49

Berlin: The daughter of an Iranian human rights
lawyer says her father has been sentenced to 18 years in
prison by a Tehran revolutionary court.

Maede Soltani, who lives in Germany, said her father Abdolfattah Soltani was also banned from exercising his profession for 20 years.

She says her father`s lawyer was informed of the sentence
today, but her family does not know when the court made its

The 58-year-old Soltani co-founded a human rights group
with Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and was
arrested last year and has since been held in Tehran`s
notorious Evin prison.

Soltani says her father was charged with co-founding the
Center for Human Rights Defenders, spreading anti-government
propaganda and endangering national security.


First Published: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 22:49
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