Initial Court Hearing for Charges against Nasrin Sotoudeh, Defence Lawyer

Wednesday 17 November 2010

Change for Equality: The first court hearing to consider charges against Nasrin Sotoudeh, criminal defence lawyer, took place on 5th November 2010, in Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court. The presiding judge was Judge Pir-Abbas.

During this two-hour long hearing, two charges were brought against the accused, "assembly and plotting with a view to disrupting [public] security" and "collaborating with the Association of Human Rights Defenders".

The lawyers Nasrin Sotoudeh, Abdolfattah Soltani, Mehnaz Parakand, Nasim Ghanavi and Mina Jafari then requested that they be able to consult the relevant documents and evidence.

The court hearing has been extended for a further ten days. The judge however opposed the request of the lawyers and of Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband for the reduction of the security guarantee and the its commutation into ordinary bail. This was despite the fact that Nasrin Sotoudeh’s physical condition is extremely poor on account of her hunger strike.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, criminal defence lawyer and women’s movement activist, was detained on 4th September 2010 and has been on hunger strike since 25th September. Nine days of her hunger strike were spent without water.


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