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Prominent Iran Lawyer Jailed For Nine Years

Mohammad Ali Dadkhah (file photo)Mohammad Ali Dadkhah (file photo)
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Mohammad Ali Dadkhah (file photo)
Mohammad Ali Dadkhah (file photo)
A Tehran court has sentenced a prominent lawyer to nine years in jail on charges of attempting to overthrow the ruling Islamic system.

Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Center along with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, had represented activists and opposition supporters arrested after the disputed 2009 presidential election.

The semi-official ISNA news agency reported on July 4 that Dadkhah had been banned from working as an attorney or pursuing any academic activity for 10 years and fined the equivalent of $300 for possessing a satellite TV receiver in his apartment.

Dadkhah told RFE/RL's Radio Farda on July 4 that his "verdict is based on neither a fair trial, nor the religious or common law."

He said he would appeal the verdict.

with agency reports
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by: humanrightwatch from: mumbai
July 05, 2011 08:19
This is not for the first time it has happened. This article reminds me of documentary

"Forbidden Sun Dance"

Ms. Aram Bayat reveals the story of her political exile from Iran and her desire to preserve the tradition of Persian dance while residing in Montreal, Canada since 1988. For more information, please visit: www.banoufilm.blogspot.com

To watch the film online please visit http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/4265

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