Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer released from jail
Abdolfattah Soltani was imprisoned in 2011 on the bogus charges of ‘spreading propaganda’ and ‘setting up an illegal opposition group’, AI reported at the time.
ICBHR: The Prominent human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani was granted conditional release after serving more than seven years, reported human rights sources.
Notable Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani has been released from Tehran Evin prison after spending more than seven years behind bars, according to state-run news agencies.
“The authorities agreed yesterday to my client’s conditional parole and he was released today,” Soltani’s lawyer Saeed Dehghan said on on Tuesday, November 20.
Mr. Soltani was imprisoned in 2011 on the vague charges of “spreading propaganda against the system” and “setting up an illegal opposition group”, according to Amnesty International at the time.
He was granted conditional release after serving more than half a 10-year term, although, the previous parole request on 8 July were refused, according to the lawyer.
Further, Soltani- who was a co-founder of the now outlawed Defenders of Human Rights Centre alongside Nobel peace prize laureate Shirin Ebadi- was briefly released from prison in August to attend the funeral of his 30-year-old daughter, Homa, who died of a heart attack.