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Iranian human rights activist who opposed wearing the hijab was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes

This is not the first sentence for her.

Nasrin Sotode Photo AFP / Getty
Nasrin Sotode Photo AFP / Getty

Tehran’s court sentenced 55-year-old Iranian human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, BBC reports , citing the family of Soudou. She was found guilty of crimes related to national security. She did not admit guilt.

The lawyer Sotode told the woman’s husband that she was found guilty of spreading information and propaganda against the state, publishing false information, calling citizens for corruption and prostitution, appearing before the justice authorities without hijab, and public order violation.

Tehran’s revolutionary court reported that the human rights activist had also received two years in prison on charges of insulting Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei, but husband Sotode did not confirm this.

Husband Sootud’s husband, Reza Khandan, wrote on Facebook that she was sentenced in two cases at once: she received five years in prison in the first case, 33 years and 148 lashes in the second case. Sotode is known for performances for the right of women not to wear hijabs and the support of oppositionists. As France 24 noted , before her arrest, she was involved in several cases of wearing the hijab.

Sotode was arrested in June 2018, then she was accused of insulting the Iranian supreme leader, spreading propaganda and espionage. The lawyer claimed that the human rights activist would face five years in prison. As the Center for Human Rights noted, in the summer of 2018, in addition to Sootde , seven more human rights activists were arrested .

This is not the first sentence of Sotode – in 2010 she was sentenced to six years for spreading propaganda and “harming the security of the state,” she also denied the charges. The human rights activist was released after serving half of the term. In 2012, the European Union awarded Sodede the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

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