Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh arrested

Lawyer protesting obligatory Islamic headscarf sentenced to five years in Evin prison

A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer who had defended women protesting the obligatory Islamic headscarf has been detained and told she will serve five years in prison, according to her family.

Nasrin Sotoudeh was taken from her home in Tehran on Wednesday, according to her husband, Reza Khandan, who said she managed to call him after she was detained. He said she was told she would be serving a five-year sentence at Evin prison in Tehran after being convicted in absentia.

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