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Sentencing of jailed Iranian lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh surprises family


Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh, after two years of imprisonment, has been sentenced to six years in jail.

Mohammad Seifzadeh

Fatemeh Golzar, the jailed lawyer's wife, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran: "Just when we were expecting that he would be finally released, the court's ruling was reported to us, and he has been sentenced to six year in jail."

Seifzadeh was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court in 2010 to nine years in jail and a 10-year ban from practicing law. He was arrested in March of 2011 and given two years for "attempting to leave the country illegally."

He was charged with "collusion and assembly against national security" for collaborating in writing petitions and issuing joint statements while in jail. He has refused to participate in the proceedings against him on the basis that the courts lack the jurisdiction and legitimacy to issue a fair ruling.

Mohammad Seifzadeh was a judge prior to the 1979 Revolution in Iran and was prohibited from practicing law for 10 years following the regime change.

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