Iran: Rights Defender Lawyer Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison


ICHBR– Soheila Hejab, the human rights lawyer, who was arrested by IRGC agents on Thursday, July 6, 2019, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

The shockingly severe sentence was given to the lawyer by the Branch 28 of Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court, chaired by the infamous Judge Moghiseh.

The Islamic court issued the heaviest sentence against Soheila on the bogus charges of “propaganda against the regime”, “assembly and collusion against national security”, “disturbing public opinion”, “establishing groups to defend women’s rights”, “asking referendum to change the constitution”, say rights groups.

According to the Article 134 of Islamic Penal Code, she must serve [only] seven years and six months in prison (Based on Article 134 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code, the charge with the highest penalty will be taken into account).

The FTO-IRGC agents arrested the lawyer in an attack her house and took her into Tehran notorious Evin prison, however, the court ordered to release her on bail on Saturday, March 14, 2020 [after about 10 months], till the trial to be met.

She is the supporter of Iran’s exiled Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, say reliable sources. The agents put the jailed lawyer under severe pressure during interrogation because of her devotion to the prince.

Previously, the human rights lawyer was arrested in Shiraz on Friday, December 28, 2018 and taken to Adel Abad prison. She was released after serving five months of her two years imprisonment.

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