Iranian lawyer’s husband arrested in Iran

The husband of an Iranian lawyer human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, was arrested on the weekend in Iran, news sources reported on Sunday.

After receiving a summoning notice last week, Reza Khandan referred to Evin prison in Tehran where he was subsequently detained.

 According to Harana news agency, the charges against Mr. Khandan are unclear and the bail is set at roughly USD $50,000, but Ms. Sotoudeh’s sister was apparently unsuccessful at trying to secure Mr. Khandan’s temporary release, according to his family.

The summoning notice came after the Iranian regime announced that Ms. Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. It is believed that recent pressures on Mr. Khandan result from his interviews and attempts to win his wife’s release.

Despite several hunger strikes in protest to the Iranian regime’s unlawful actions, and despite mounting international pressure, Ms. Sotoudeh is still being held by the regime in solitary confinement at the notorious Evin prison.

She was detained on September 4, 2010, and recently sentenced to 11 years in prison, as well as a 20 year prohibition on foreign travel and practicing law.

Ms. Sotoudeh is the mother of three-and five-year-old children.

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