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Missing Iranian Lawyer Detained In Northwest

Iranian human rights lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh

Iranian human rights lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh

The legal representative of a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, believed missing for two weeks, now says he has been found detained at an Intelligence Ministry facility in northwestern Iran, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports.

Mohammad Seifzadeh was sentenced to nine years in jail in October for "acting against national security" by setting up the Center for Human Rights Defenders, which he co-founded with Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadi and two other lawyers.

Seifzadeh had not yet started his prison term and his lawyer, Marzieh Nikara, told RFE/RL on April 21 that her client had been missing for two weeks.

But on April 23, Nikara said Seifzadeh was arrested in Orumieh, the capital of West Azerbaijan Province, where he had gone to do some research work.

Nikara said Seifzaseh called his family on April 22 to inform them of his whereabouts.

She said he faces an additional charge of acting against national security by attempting to leave the country illegally.

She said Seifzadeh rejects all the charges against him.

Nikara also said Seifzadeh met briefly with his son, who reported his father is in poor health.

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