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Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Gets 13 Years

Source: RFE/RL

A leading Iranian human rights lawyer has been sentenced to 13 years in prison by a Tehran revolutionary court. Abdolfattah Soltani was arrested last year and charged with endangering national security, among other charges.He was first sentenced to 18 years in prison in March.

Abdolfattah Soltani

His daughter, Maede Soltani, told The Associated Press that the lower 13-year jail term had been confirmed during the appeals process last week.

Amnesty International says Soltani is a "nonviolent political prisoner who is being jailed only for his legitimate activities as a human rights lawyer."

Soltani co-founded a human rights group with Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi.

Based on reporting by AP

Copyright (c) 2012 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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