Nasrin Sotoudeh gets Heavy Bail and is Placed in Interim Detention

A 650 million Tomans bail has issued for Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer and human rights activist, who was arrested by security forces at her home.

According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners, a heavy bail of 650 million Tomans has been issued for Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer and human rights activist who was arrested on June 13th, 2018, at her house and transferred to Evin Prison. The reason for Nasrin Sotoudeh arrest is still unknown.

An informed source told campaign: “For Ms. Sotoudeh, a court issued a 650 million Tomans bail, which she objected to, and for this reason, a temporary arrest was issued for her by the interrogator of the Evin Branch, Behruz Shah Mohammadi. “

The source continued; “Since last Sunday, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who represents several of the arrested “Girls of Revolution Street” (Dokhtaran Khiaban Enghelab), has been summoned to the prosecutor office several times for interrogation, but she has refused to go because of non-compliance with the legal process.”

Reza Khandan, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband, on his personal Facebook page wrote: “The illegal detention of her is based on the complaint of Mehdi Pitam, who is the investigator for the Shaprak Shajarizadeh case (of the “Girls of Revolution Street” (Dokhtaran Khiaban Enghelab) ), based in Kashan City Prosecutor’s Office. Therefore, Nasrin was arrested for legal defense of the “Girls of Revolution Street” (Dokhtaran Khiaban Enghelab), even though that is part of her professional duty.

Currently, a temporary detention for Sotoudeh has been issued by Behrouz Shah Mohammadi, the investigator of Branch 7 of the Proclamation of Evin Prison. Nasrin declined to choose a lawyer in protest to the Article 48 of the Criminal Procedure Code. “

Reza Khandan, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband, on Friday, June 15th, 2018, in a talk with Radio Farhang, noted on some of the political and civil activists’ protest in front of Evin prison calling for Ms. Sotoudeh release. On Thursday June 14th, 2018, Mohammad Nourizad, Mohammad Maleki, Jafar Panahi, Dawood Farhadpour, and Farideh Moradkhani gathered in front of Evin Prison in protest of Nasrin Sotoudeh arrest.

In another move, On Friday June 15th, 2018, number of lawyers and civil activists gathered in front of Evin Prison in a protest of Nasrin Sotoudeh arrest.

On June 13th, 2018, Amnesty International warned against the arrest of the lawyer, announcing  that “The arrest of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, is an outrageous attack on a brave and prolific human rights defender.”

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer and human rights activist was arrested on September 4th, 2010, and charged with acting against national security, using propaganda against the regime and membership in the Center for Human Rights Defenders. She was sentenced to 11 years in prison, in addition to barring her from practicing law and from leaving the country for 20 years. An appeals court later reduced Sotoudeh’s prison sentence to six years, and her ban from working as a lawyer to ten years. She was released from Evin Prison after nearly three years in prison on September 18th, 2013.

According to the court’s ruling, Ms. Sotoudeh was denied law practice for 10 years, but she stated that since the deprivation order from her practice was not within the jurisdiction of the Revolutionary Court, and in accordance with Article 17 Independence of Lawyers law, no court other than disciplinary court cane rule Lawyers Suspension or cancel the lawyer’s license, she will continue her practice. Subsequently, in late winter of 2014, Tehran’s deputy prosecutor and the head of the Evin prosecutor’s office as a plaintiff asked disciplinary court that Ms. Sotoudeh’s lawyer’s license be revoked. During several disciplinary court sessions, Ms. Sotoudeh license was suspend for three years.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, in protest to this verdict, on October 21st, 2014, she started a sit-in protest in front of Tehran Bar Association’s office. On the June 27th, 2015, by disciplinary court, her practicing law suspension reduced from three years to nine months. After the verdict was announced, Ms. Sotoudeh ended her sit-in protest.

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