Iran dissident gets 18 years - daughter

2012-03-04 21:21

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, told The Associated Press 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 on Sunday, but her family does not know when the court made its ruling.

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 Centre for Human Rights Defenders, spreading anti-government propaganda and endangering national security.

  • Fred - 2012-03-04 21:50

    True democracy Iranian regime style

      Fred - 2012-03-04 23:31

      Here are the opening two paragraphs: Former Libyan rebels widely supported by the West in their fight against late leader Colonel Gaddafi are now turning against their allies, attacking their war graves and smashing Christian symbols with hammers. Deep shock and outrage are the reactions in the Western world after former Libyan rebels in Benghazi attacked and desecrated a WWII cemetery of those who “liberated” them from Gaddafi’s “tyranny”. Do you see anything wrong with them?

      Fred - 2012-03-04 23:34

      Muedes, it's sick that you "LOL". But consistent with your messages across this website.

  • Michael - 2012-03-04 23:20

    True democracy yankie style!

      Fred - 2012-03-04 23:30

      That's right. It's a "yankie" newspaper. Get it?

      Michael - 2012-03-04 23:35

      Did you read it Freddie ? Isn't it shocking? Hey,by the way, Vlad won! Time for you to commence bleating!

  • Fred - 2012-03-04 23:33

    From another article on News24: "The hard core of the reformists are boycotting the elections. Their two main leaders, Mr Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karrubi, have been under house arrest for more than a year. Others are in prison or have withdrawn from politics."

      Michael - 2012-03-04 23:49

      Hey Freddie , you there?? Response please , when do you think the yanks will follow the rule of law and human rights and try those suspected of crimes and now held in Gitmo?

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