Iran: Justice Ministry attorney returned back to prison

Iran: Justice Ministry attorney returned back to prison

Published by on February 17, 2016

Abdulfattah-SultaniAn attorney working on human rights cases and political prisoners, Abdulfattah Sultani was detained again and sent back to Ward 350 of the notorious Evin Prison after a short leave from a previous detention.

He was briefly released after spending 4 years and 4 months behind bars. This political prisoner and a human rights lawyers, was arrested on September 10, 2011 and sentenced to 18 years behind bars and a 20 year ban of practicing law for receiving the Nuremburg Human Rights Award in Germany, giving interviews to media outlets on the case of his clients, and taking part in the formation of the Center of Human Rights Lawyers.

Sultani is suffering from heart and blood pressures problems, and taken many times to the prison clinic.


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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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