Iran dissident gets 18 years in prison
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.
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