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Iranian activist lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh wins right to resume her law practice

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh says an order issued by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal gives her permission to resume practicing law.

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Sotoudeh was arrested in September 2010 on charges of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security and was imprisoned in solitary confinement in Evin Prison. In January 2011, Iranian authorities sentenced Sotoudeh 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. Sotoudeh was released on 18 September 2013 along with ten other political prisoners, including opposition leader Mohsen Aminzadeh, days before an address by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the United Nation. No explanation was given for her early release.

The case against Sotoudeh was pursued by the Tehran Prosecutor, who called for her licence to practice law to be revoked. Persian BBC reports that that the tribunal convened a few days ago to hear the case presented by the Tehran Prosecutor's representative and issued its verdict on Saturday August 30, stating that Sotoudeh could continue practicing law.

Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested in 2010 and sentenced to a 20-year ban from practicing law. Sotoudeh pointed out that the only legal entity that can make decisions regarding her licence to practice law is the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, according to Article 17 of the Independence of Lawyers Act.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is comprised of five experienced lawyers and convenes at the headquarters of the Bar Association.

Sotoudeh acted as legal representative to several political prisoners, including detainees from the 2009 election protests. Arrested in 2010, she was released only last year, after several rounds of a hunger strike to protest her treatment and the treatment of her family by the judiciary and prison authorities.

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