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Iranian lawyer who defended women who removed their hijabs sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes, husband says

Iranian lawyer who defended women who removed their hijabs sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes, husband says
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Iran has faced international condemnation after one of the country’s most prominent human rights lawyers, detained for eight months, said she had been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, according to her husband.

Security agents arrested the lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, at her home in June last year. The government offered no explanation, but at the time Sotoudeh was defending women who had been arrested after removing their hijabs, or headscarves, in public protests.

She received the European Union’s most prestigious human rights award, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, in 2012, while serving a previous prison sentence.

Sotoudeh, held at Evin Prison in Tehran, told her husband about the latest sentencing during a brief telephone conversation, the Center for Human Rights in Iran, a monitoring group, said in a statement on Monday.
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