Rights lawyer Sotoudeh jailed for 10 extra years

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to an extra 10 years in jail on top of the five-year term she is already serving, her husband said on Tuesday.

Sotoudeh is an award-winning rights activist who was arrested last June and told she had been found guilty in absentia of espionage charges and sentenced to five years.

The new 10-year sentence was the longest of seven verdicts totalling 33 years bundled together and communicated to Sotoudeh in prison, according to her husband Reza Khandan.

“But only the longest sentence will be served, which is ‘encouraging corruption and debauchery and providing the means’,” he told AFP by telephone.

He said Sotoudeh had also been sentenced to a total of 148 lashes for appearing in court without headscarf covering and for another offence.

She had been found guilty of “colluding against the system, propaganda against the system… disrupting public order” and several other counts.

On Monday, a judge at Tehran’s Revolutionary Court said Sotoudeh had been sentenced in her latest conviction to five years for colluding against the system and two years for insulting

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

But Khandan said that to the best of his knowledge his wife had not been charged with insulting the leader.