Well-known human rights attorney sentenced to 13 years in prison for “propaganda against the system, forming an illegal group and conspiring against the regime”
Abdolfattah Soltani (58), a prominent Iranian human rights attorney, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Soltani is one of the leading figures at the Center for Defenders of Human Rights (CHDR), which also includes Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi. Soltani was arrested four days after the 2009 presidential elections and again in September 2011. His “crimes” included co-founding the CHDR, giving interviews to the media about his clients and being awarded the (2009) Nuremberg International Human Rights Award. Soltani was initially given an 18-year sentence on March 4, 2012.