Nasrin Sotoudeh, an award-winning human rights lawyer has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in jail and 148 lashes in Tehran. She was quite vociferous in defending women protesting mandatory hijab. Sotoudeh was charged with several national security-related offences, all of which she denies. Her lawyer said she was charged with spreading information against the state, insulting Iran’s supreme leader and spying. She was arrested in June 2018.
Globally, rights groups have strongly criticised the “shocking” sentence against the prominent human rights activist, who has dedicated her life to defending women’s rights and speaking out against the death penalty.
Ms. Sotoudeh’s husband confirmed her sentence on Facebook, after a brief phone conversation with her from prison, according to the Center for Human Rights in Iran.